The Danger of a Comfortable Job

Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them. – Book of Luke

Have you ever decided to make a change in your professional life to pursue something more meaningful?

Did you get frustrated when you didn’t immediately land a new gig?

Maybe a lead seemed promising and then fell through.

Then maybe a new lead popped up and you knew it wasn’t the right fit, but you were tempted to take it just so you had something new.

The rationale was that you could settle for this next gig, and then you’d be in a more comfortable place to really pursue the work and life that you dream of.

It’s a mistake.

Here’s why:

comfort is not a breeding ground for change.

If you can’t pay your bills and you need to eat, get a job, any job. Deliver pizzas, do whatever it takes, and do it with pride. There is honor in that.

But once you have those basic needs met, be careful not to fall into the trap of “security and comfort now” – especially when it comes at the long term expense of launching your life that matters.

The fact that you didn’t immediately find the perfect new gig is a blessing in disguise.

You don’t simply need to find a new job to be happy – a job rarely does that.

You need to be an active participant and build the life and work that fulfills your greater purpose.

Finding a new job might be a piece of the puzzle, but don’t just get a new job. Instead, invest in yourself and build a platform.

A platform is bigger than a job.

  • A platform is yours to keep whoever your employer is.
  • A platform makes YOU the expert – which is attractive to employers.
  • A platform gives you a much more compelling portfolio than a resume.

Ultimately, a platform puts you in the position of power. You will be needed and wanted as opposed to being needy and wanting.

What the heck does it mean to build a platform?

Here are some examples:

  • My friend Alec, has built a platform with his advertising portfolio. It’s free for anyone to view and enjoy.

    His Google Job Experiment landed him a job at one of New York’s top advertising agencies and also gave him great exposure that’s forever his to keep.

  • My friend Barron, has a clothing line. He uses another site, Effortless Gent, to offer a forum for guys to interact on the topic of fashion. This service also positions him as an expert and promotes his clothing line.

Now taking the time to build a platform does not provide the instant gratification of quickly finding your next thing. It’s easier to start by taking and asking. But that approach leaves you with a false sense of security.

Instead, start by giving.

Your platform is the venue through which you offer value to the world. Build value for others and quickly you will become more valued and sought after.

Not only will you have a platform that is yours to keep, but you’ll encounter new opportunities and your services will be at a premium. Your job search will be much easier – or maybe it won’t be necessary at all.

Your job, on the other hand, could be here today and gone tomorrow.

Settle for a job and you might just find that even what you think you have gets taken from you.

Is this scenario familiar? What are you doing to build your platform? Sound off in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “The Danger of a Comfortable Job

  1. Good post! Love this article! It’s easy to settle for a comfortable job but you really got me thinking about starting a platform of my own!

  2. Love the way in which your friend Alex has set up his portfolio. I’m trying to set up my own platform, in which I hope to document my journey in learning about entrepreneurialism from books read to different experiments both on my own, and with other individuals. Hopefully, I’d like to build it into something which would be helpful to others (individuals and businesses) looking to learn about entrepreneurialism and develop themselves or their business from scratch, along with practical methods of doing so. It’s here in trying to build up my platform where I think your AR field report will be really useful for me.
    Thanks
    AJ

    • Sounds like an awesome idea AJ. I definitely think you are on the right track with “How-to” information. Another thing to think through as you build your platform is what specific people (or types of businesses) do you want to help. Keep rockin!