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Are Your Career Expectations Too High?

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Is it too far-fetched to believe you can actually enjoy your job?

I wonder why it's easier to believe we can be miserable rather than happy? We have been programmed to accept mediocrity & only see greatness as something the elite can touch. This mindset is so wrong & limiting.

You don't owe anybody anything - let alone your employer. Stop feeling guilty for wanting more. 

When most people decide to look for a new job, it’s because they are at their wit’s end with their current employer. Maybe they haven’t gotten a raise in too long, or their boss doesn’t give them the respect they deserve. It’s easy to understand why someone would walk away from an employer that doesn’t appreciate them.

But what happens when you actually like your job? Is it wrong to still want to leave? Feeling like you have a good job can make it a lot harder to feel confident pursuing something else, especially if it’s somewhere that you are comfortable. 

But at the end of the day, you have to put yourself first.

No, you are not asking for too much.

I would bet that what you think is too high of an expectation is probably not even high enough. Don’t let the fear of coming off selfish hold you back from going after the things you want out of your career. 

You can be making a decent paycheck now and still want to make more money.

You can have an impressive job title and still want to move up.

You can be really good at what you do, and still be bored doing it!

It is nothing for you to feel guilty about just because you are seeking more than what you currently have. Even if you think you have it good now, it can always be better.

Nothing is wrong with wanting to get to that next stage. People change.

Your career should be changing with you.

Don’t let the desire to be loyal to your employer get in the way of your obligation to yourself.

It is not your job to worry about what is going to happen to your team after you move on. You have done more than your fair share. Your employer paid you for your skills, and you provided them with a valuable service. 

The only person you owe anything at all is the person you have to look at in the mirror every day. If you don’t give yourself a chance to attain the things in life that you know you deserve, no one else will.

Before you know it, the job you used to love will start to feel like a dead end.

Start working towards whatever it is that is going to help you achieve fulfillment in your career. You haven’t come this far to stop now.


Whatever you do, don't settle. 



Alicia Perkins is a former Recruiting & HR leader who is now helping professionals take control of their careers & land careers they love. Alicia has helped over 2k professionals gain career clarity, regain their voice & go after what they deserve unapologetically.

                                 Career Development Coach | Speaker | Trainer | Podcast Host

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