Career Decisions in Difficult Times

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question:

I have found that during this difficult time I have discovered my purpose and preferences, and they do not involve my current job. How do I know if I’m just being impulsive or if it’s actually a legitimate thing?

Well, remember the great statement I always make: never make life changing decisions in moments of high emotional intensity. There’s probably not been a time in most of our lifetimes when there’s been sustained high emotional intensity for as long as this. We’ve certainly had moments, but there’s a lot of emotional intensity right now.

So, here’s how you know: if it lasts! You’re in no hurry, right? I mean I don’t think so, unless you’ve got big issues in your life or you’re running up against some kind of deadline. Give yourself a minute. Get back to work, earn a living, do the things that you need to do in order to be successful. And if that purpose is still on fire for you, if it’s still something that you really have an urgency to do, then it’s a legitimate thing.

I’m very careful at this point in human history not to say “If it feels good, do it, what the heck.” We need to be lowering our expectations, we need to be slowing things down a little bit, we need to be more thoughtful and considerate of others, because there is a lot of emotional intensity out there. And a lot of it originates with us.

So here’s the thing I want you to think about. I want you just to think about giving yourself a minute, just taking things a little bit at a time. There’s a lot of impulsiveness. People have impulse in their speech right now, they have impulse in their behavior, it’s not really that good of an idea. So that’s how you know!

I’m Mike Staver, until next time, take care.

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