Most people believe that luck happens by chance, but here’s something that I’ve learned otherwise.
I recently talked to a friend about her career, more specifically, why she hates it. When I asked her if she would feel happier doing the same thing in a different company, her answer was “yes”. So the problem is neither the job nor her capability but merely the workplace environment. Well, it’s so common to hear stories of employees who dislike their own organization.
But jumping ship doesn’t sound like a solution to me.
I’ve figured that there’s no such thing as finding a dream job. Because if it can be found so randomly, what are our dreams really made of?
We can’t simply expect any employer to meet our expectations of a perfect company unless we build that company ourselves.
However, I am certain that we can have a perfect job even in an imperfect place. It all boils down to having the right attitude.
I started working when most of my friends were still attending college. It was a bumpy ride since all that I carried with me into the corporate world was the need for money.
On the first anniversary of my working life as a college dropout, I started to desire more for my career.
At that point, I found it hard to navigate my career path as an admin executive, I just knew one thing for sure: I wanted to work in a more creative field where I could freely emerge in the love for art and language.
Do you realize that the moment your brain is occupied by something, you start to see it or encounter it (unusually) way more often? Like you’ve been thinking about getting a new bag and suddenly you see it almost everywhere you go.
In the same fashion, the opportunity in creative fields showed up itself as I was still at the crossroad. I joined a startup in my second job and officially began my career as a marketer.
Luck has been on my side throughout the entire career not because I had everything come easy, but for I was given the chances to make it easy.
Also, it takes persistence as well as a positive attitude to recognize ‘luck’ in the first place.
I’ve always loved writing in English but my first writing job was to write in Vietnamese. After six months long, I came to my supervisor and requested for a chance to write in English. From a one-paragraph assignment, I became the English content team leader within a few months. The role had given me a great exposure to the world of content marketing, which also involved search engine optimization, social media marketing, and fundamental UX/UI knowledge.
Formal education may get you here but it won’t get you there. I knew that it’s the biggest disadvantage that I must overcome if I want to advance in this field. So through every career change, I make sure that I have gained something new and that I’ll never stop learning.
Of course, I was caught in office woes just like everyone else, be it working with a difficult colleague or to please a demanding boss. Things like that did affect my job satisfaction, work performance, and even had me doubt my career choice at times.
Fortunately, I never quit.
Learning with an intention to become better makes all the difference, instead of aiming for a higher pay. I noticed that most people tend to associate career satisfaction with working at the perfect company. But I knew soon after I faced the disappointments earlier in my career that there’s no perfect company. So whenever I feel frustrated, I remind myself why and where I started, and no one gets to take this passion away from me. To quote my favourite saying: “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.” At the same time, I continue to learn and seek better ways to make my job a pleasant one based on those real-life challenges. That mindset has helped me tremendously through this journey because there’s always something new in the digital world that I haven’t mastered yet.
From being a writer, I quickly expanded my portfolio to almost all aspects of digital marketing, which explained the frequent changes in my employment history. The more I learn, the more I desire to do. I’m proud of my achievements not because they are notable (I believe they can be better), it’s mostly because they happened as a reward for my persistence. In a way, I have created a perfect job for myself.
So to sum up all this, let me assure you that luck can happen by choice.