Breaking workplace myths – Will I be happier if I’ve a job I like?

Guy Kawasaki, in an interview with Penelope Trunk(career columnist @ Boston Globe and Y! finance) breaks the myths surrounding workplaces and career. Here are my favorite ones::

  • You’ll be happier if you have a job you like.
    The correlation between your happiness and your job is overrated. The most important factors, by far, are your optimism levels and your personal relationships.If you are a pessimist, a great job can’t overcome that. (Think of the jerks at the top.) And if you have great friends and family, you can probably be happy even if you hate your job (imagine a garbage collector who’s in love).
  • Job-hopping will hurt you.
    Job hopping is one of the best ways to maintain passion and personal growth in your careers.
    And here’s some good news for hoppers: Most people will have eight jobs between the time they are eighteen and thirty.
  • Do good work, and you’ll do fine.
    For one thing, no one knows what the heck you’re doing in your cube if you’re not telling them. So when you do good work, let people know. It is not crazy to toot your own horn–it’s crazy to think someone will do it for you.
  • Work hard and good things will come.
    Everyone can put in a seventy-hour week. It doesn’t mean you’re doing good work. So here’s an idea: Make sure you’re not the hardest worker. Take a long lunch. Get all your work done early. Grand thinking requires space, flexibility and time. So let people see you staring at the wall. They’ll know you’re a person with big ideas and taking time to think makes you more valuable
  • Is being a generalist or a specialist the path to the executive suite?
    In Hollywood, the best way to get your pick of any role in the industry is to become a specialist—funny guy, tough girl, action hero—get known for being the best at something, and then use that star-power to branch out. The same is true in business.

    Jobs that don’t require a specialty are low level. To move up you need to be great at something, and you have to let people know what you don’t do. No one is great at everything. Even if your goal is not to get to the executive suite, you should specialize. When you want to take five months off to hike in Tibet, if you are easily replaced, you will be. If you have a skill that is hard to duplicate, your job will be there for you when you get back.

  • How should I prepare for an interview?
    An interview is a test you can study for. So memorize answers to the fifty most common questions…
    Whether you are a stripper or a CIA agent, the answer to the question, “What is your weakness?” is a story about how your weakness interfered at work—in a specific situation—and you overcame it. Most of your other answers should be stories, too. This means you need to make them up before you get to the interview. Stories of your life are memorable. Lists of your life are not. Be memorable if you want to be hired.

  • What should I do if I work for a jerk?

Do you agree with this?
To a certain extent, I agree with these candid answers. You need to be in control of your destiny, even if it means leaving a jerky boss/organization.
What do you say?
Read the entire article (part 1 , part 2)

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