If you are familiar with the bestselling book, ‘Who Moved My Cheese‘ you know it deals with change and how to deal with it in work and life. Sometimes change and turmoil makes me want to cut some cheese, that’s for sure. One thing I have come to expect, and that is don’t get too comfortable, whether it is life or business.
Most know my day job is commercial insurance sales; this is an old-school traditional job if there ever was one. The model was you work extremely hard your first 3-5 years, ‘grow’ a book of business and just kind of coast from there. If that is your model today, you are probably going out of business, if you aren’t already gone.
Change can be good
Change, because it has an element of the ‘unknown’ typically brings about a certain level of stress. And whereas too much stress might not be a good thing, it can actually work for you.
Although relaxation ought to be, um, relaxing, stress management has somehow become yet another pressing item on our to-do lists. We’re made to feel like failures if we can’t live in a state of balance. But stress is good. Great, even. The discomfort of stress is a sign that you are tackling life’s problems head-on. Stress also improves productivity and performance – at work, at the gym – and your body will be stronger if you alternate periods of calm and heart-pounding excitement.
How it has worked for me
Some of you might also know I have been doing this ‘insurance gig’ for 28+ years……….at the same place. Talk about a breeding ground for complacency. The good news is we have forward thinking management and try to be pro-active and relevant in a fast-paced information overload society. This means don’t get too comfortable in your chair, because you might have to move soon.
I certainly don’t want to be the ‘we used to do it that way’ guy and try to set the example and lead the charge if I truly think it will benefit the corporation. We are an ESOP (employee owned – employee stock option plan) corporation so our performance impacts our ‘retirement’ account.
Has it made me uncomfortable at times? Absolutely, but it has also kept it interesting, challenging and fresh. I feel my eagerness to learn and adapt also keeps me young at heart and always growing.
Other changes I see
There are quite a few of us in my community who entered the ‘social’ journey about the same time. When we jumped on the hamster wheel we were led to believe more followers and more comments are how you succeed. There is nothing wrong with that per se, but you do have a tendency to ‘chase’ under that model; and it’s circular.
Just about everybody I know has varied from that model one year into their journey, and some have just given up. We are all smart enough to copy and emulate what we perceive as ‘success’ in here, but I feel we have come to the realization there really is no ‘right way’ or ‘wrong way'; it’s ultimately only ‘our way’.
Just like life, if you are going to be a survivor in here don’t get too comfortable in your seat. What is working for you today could be totally different in 30 days; that is how fluid social is.
This is what keeps me going
Numero uno – it has to be fun; fun is a great motivator for me. I work plenty hard in my day job. In my ‘spare time’ I’m a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and sit on 5 boards; all non-paying positions. If social becomes a second job, this is when you might lose me.
Will I find a way to make ‘social’ work more effectively for me? I’m planning on it, but don’t feel I need to force it, so let’s see what happens.
What about you?
Ok, we are 30 days in; who has already changed direction since the first of the year? Who is seriously thinking about chucking it all? What changes are you going to make to keep this sustainable for you?
What did we learn today? Billy still likes to talk about himself but sounds like he is clueless too; so don’t pin the ‘guru’ label on him just yet.
Have a great week. That.is.all.