People’s Perspective Is The Key

What could be a nightmare for someone could be a dream for someone else.

The picture of the two men above is meaningful. The one on the boat just catches a glimpse of the island, but he’s placing all his hopes on that… and, vice versa, the man on the island doesn’t know where the boat will bring him, but he believes it could be his salvation. Both men look forward to escape their current situation and they have huge expectations about the new opportunity.

The labor market, composed by employees and employers, works approximately the same way.

Who doesn’t like his job looks forward to leaving his current employer. He dreams to find something better elsewhere, to break his routine, to have more chances, to be safer and so on.

Sometimes it happens: people find the opportunity they were waiting for. They join it and they enjoy their long-term stay. The previous bad experience becomes only a faraway memory, finally they feel happy and satisfied to be in their right place.

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not so easy and, after the first adrenaline rush, people have a hard wake-up. They discover that the island is actually too empty or the boat is too small… and the ride starts again: the dream turns into a (new) nightmare.

In some Countries, job seekers often use a nice common saying to explain such situation: “from the frying pan into the fire”. How many times have I listened to that? I’ve lost count… but when it happens, I’m still confident to reply pointing out these 3 thoughts:

  1. The forward-looking method to choose our “working direction” is just one: being leaded by ourselves’ vision and not by the will to escape something.
  2. If the opportunity is truly consistent with your professional ambitions and it brings you added value, catch it!
  3. You cannot know in advance if that opportunity is the best one ever, but sometimes you need to run the risk in order to get out of a bad situation (and to reach your final goal).

I believe the suitable working place exists for everyone. It could be the land or the sea, maybe you need to do more than one attempt to understand what the right dimension is for you.

The issue is to be able to recognize it when it knocks on your door.

No one can help you on that, but you know what’s the best for yourself in the short, medium and long term. My piece of advice is to invest energy and time to know your hide intentions and best aims, only in this way you could recognize the right opportunity.

“Every human has four endowments: self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey.


Enza Artino,
International Service Manager c/o Wyser; Coaching Competence Center Manager c/o Gi Group