All That Glitters is Not Gold

There is this temptation to believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.  We peer over and it sure looks nice.  It is bright green and neatly mowed.  We ask ourselves why our grass is like hay; brown and unruly.  This vilification of what we have and romanticization of what we don’t have affects so many parts of our lives: our relationships, our buying habits, where we want to live, and our career choices.  If I could land this or that job, then…   If I could only work for that boss or have that employee, then…  It really never ends.

In the workplace, we take a new job with rose colored glasses.  This will be our last job until we hang up our calculators.  Then, what happens? The bloom falls off the rose.  That ideal boss is weird.  That great hire takes 90 minute lunches.  That lucrative sales’ territory dries up.  Then, it happens, the attitude shift.  Our job stinks.  Our boss is a turkey.  Our new hire…  We are at it again.  We look for something new, something better, something with glitz.  We vilify our current situation.  That previously well-manicured lawn looks burnt and dead.

This does not happen to everyone, but it happens enough to give cause for concern.  Contentment seems one better choice away.  Here’s the deal.  There is a reason that you have your current job, maybe the person before you stunk.  Maybe your company wanted to shake things up and you’re the test dummy.  Maybe some great person retired.  Maybe the company was growing and they needed someone to take all the difficult accounts.  No matter what, you are going into a difficult situation and you don’t know why at first.  You show up with your Pierre Cardin tie in place and shoes shined, but in the minds of everyone else on the job, you are the new guy.  You are walking into an organization made up of imperfect people.  Welcome to humanity, newbie!

Instead of stepping on the bloom that just fell off the rose, try improving the place you were hired to support in some way.  They wanted you because they knew that they couldn’t do it alone.  Expect imperfection and be part of the solution instead of just adding to the problem.  All that glitters is not gold.  Sometimes it’s just shiny stuff.


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