The TV show, Australian Survivor, has been back on our screens for only a few weeks, and it always amazes me the lengths people will go to as they try to ‘survive’ and ‘win the game’.
They’ll endure deprivation, forms of physical pain and psychological mind games as they embark on a game of survival of the fittest.
In some situations, work can operate like a game of Survivor.
An organisation’s toxic culture underpinned by the poor behaviour of leaders creates a working environment that is both mentally challenging and physically exhausting. While constant restructures and office politics can establish a climate of uncertainty.
If your work is making you so unhappy that it’s impacting your wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you it’s usually time to consider ‘voting yourself off the island’. And by that I mean taking control and making the decision to go somewhere else or do something different.
Steve Jobs said:
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
There’s a practical side to all of this. Finding work can be challenging, and so finding what you love to do can appear even harder.
At the same time, employment is critical for our self-esteem and the financial benefits it provides. Research shows the positive impacts from working, and the negative impacts of not. Having a job you love takes this to a whole new level.