The philosophy behind Eat Your Career is that work can be a nourishing, enriching life experience. That’s a tall order, I realize.
I really do believe that work is a very important part of life. When you’re not happy with your career, it can impact all other areas of life. Your mental, physical and emotional health can suffer. Your relationships and financial security can suffer. Your whole world can become more difficult and painful.
I know because I’ve personally experienced it.
But I also believe that we have to keep perspective. For many years, I placed too much importance on my career. I was overly invested. That meant, when things were going right, I was on top of the world. When things were going wrong, I was in the absolute pits of despair.
I let my career happiness dictate my life happiness.
That’s not the goal. Yes, your career is an important part of your life. But it’s not the ONLY important thing. It’s not even the MOST important thing—though it might feel that way at times. [Read more…]