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Finding the perfect job

Have you ever stopped to think about how much time is spent thinking about finding the perfect job?

Even people who are employed full-time and are receiving good benefits still think about finding the perfect job – someday. job-hopping

I often tell people to become mindful of what their dreams were as a child or during their teen years. Sometimes those dreams appear to be on mountain-tops that cannot be reached. However, they can also be clues to finding your life’s calling a little closer to the ground.

You may discover that you have so many interests that you cannot decide on a particular field of employment. Remember those tests they had us take in high school, that told us which fields we were best suited for? I was best suited in so many areas that I almost wished I had not taken the test. It did not help me at all. I am sure many others experienced a similar sentiment.

I grew up in a culture where everyone was looking for a life-long career. I knew many people who worked for the same company throughout their working years.

I was not one of those people.

I loved the challenge of a new job. I have had numerous jobs over the years, and many people considered it to be a flaw in my personality.

Today, new research has vindicated me and the masses of people just like me who want to be challenged, want to meet the challenge, and then move on to something new.

If this describes you, congratulations! There is nothing “wrong” with you!

Job hopping is now considered a good thing and should be considered every two to three years.

Why?

Because the longer you stay at a job (usually), the less valuable you are to the company. Statistics show that “workers who stay with a company longer than two years are said to get paid 50% less” than if they moved on to another company.

Another good reason for job hopping is that you acquire the skill of getting a new job. A successful employment interview is a good thing to master.

This is great news for those of us who are a bit eccentric, wanting to dip our toes into the many opportunities to explore our interests and learn new things.

Ignore the naysayers and follow your dreams. I dare say your employment history will not be as multifaceted as mine, but I am willing to be proven wrong.

Read the full article explaining this life altering point of view on employment at FastCompany.com. 

 

One superstar talent can damage the team

Everybody wants a superstar talent on their team, right?

A new study has provided some interesting statistics showing how one superstar talent can damage the team.

Whether you are referring to athletes or hens laying eggs, the best of the golden-goosebest causes the rest to under-perform.

This is great news for many people who give up their dream because they are not at the top of their “game.”

Consistency of performance or skill is the true measure of how valuable one can be on a team.

Never give up on a dream!

Read the full story by Cindi May, a Professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston, at Scientific American.

Misconceptions of Schizophrenia

A recent article focused on Separation of Church and State because a governor in the US does not believe in mental illness.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

In that article, I spoke of the mentally ill who become violent through no fault of their own.

However, in my passion for writing about the interventions that are needed across America, I neglected to point out that not everyone who is mentally ill becomes violent.

I was shocked to realize that I had contributed to the misconceptions and stigmas associated with mental illness, and for that, I am deeply ashamed and am committed to be more mindful while writing content in the future.

Michael Hedrick’s article on “5 Things You Should Know About People With Schizophrenia revealed how important it is to make sure people understand the many nuances of a mental illness, or a physical illness.

While it is true that some people can become violent or threaten violence, it is certainly not the case for all people coping with schizophrenia. I know people with schizophrenia that are coping well with their illness.

I’ve also known of precarious situations, such as when a friend pulled a gun on a person she loved because the patient thought the loved one was spying on them for the government. This particular situation did not end in violence or harm. The problem was that the patient was not on medication because she had not been properly diagnosed, even though she exhibited symptoms.

Doctors cannot read minds. It is up to the family and the patient to properly inform a physician so that proper referrals and a diagnosis can be made. Another problem in receiving proper treatment is that often the patient will not allow anyone to accompany them to the doctor, therefore the doctor has no information other than what the patient gives him or her.

But – there are also people like Michael.

Read Michael’s story at Psychology Today. In it, he successfully dispels some misconceptions of Schizophrenia.