The 3 Secrets to Staying Motivated In A Corporate Job

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You learn a thing or two in the span of a twelve-year career behind the corporate walls of a Fortune 500 company and today, while sunning in my balcony, I started thinking about all of the promising employees in Corporate America and Corporate Europe and Corporate Anywhere.

Actually, that’s not entirely true. I started thinking about me first!

For the first time since walking away from my corporate job 2 months ago, I was reflecting on my early days in the corporate world and remembering how unhappy I used to be, how frustrated I would get, and how many days and weeks at a time my motivation would dip and stay so low – oh so horribly low – that no excitement in my fabulous personal life could salvage this aching soul.

If you think that’s too dramatic, then perhaps you have checked your passions, your values and your desires of making a difference in this world at the door. I bet you had them when you first set out to start your dream of a career. I bet you did.

Or perhaps you have just accepted that things are the way they are and there is nothing you can do about them. Denial is another sad road, let me tell you.

Don’t worry! I did not know any better either for the first 5 years – these days, I am so passionate about motivating others that I wrote a book on it in 2 months: The 8 Pillars of Motivation but the first 5 years of my career, I did not know any better. Those were the toughest and most thankless years; I never wish to repeat them.

How to Stay Motivated in a Corporate Job!

But then I learned how to play the game, this sinister game of Corporate America that you must play in order to get ahead. When I realized how things really work, I wondered if there was a seminar I missed along the way because everyone else seemed to know the rules except me. Or do you fall in that category too?

When I learned how to play it smart, everything slowly started to fall into place. I regained my sense of happiness. I renewed my motivation. I was even doubly promoted - I would have killed for that promo in the first few years but anyway - I even got several raises, not to mention raving performance reviews.

You see, I learned to disassociate the problems of the workplace from the rest of my life and this, my darling readers, is the only way I was able to last that long in the corporate world and while quitting was the best thing I ever did, I did learn how to survive and stay motivated during my tenure.

Whether you are in the corporate world indefinitely or for short-term, and whether you are new or a veteran, these 3 secrets of playing it smart will help you. They will enable you to thrive without losing either your sanity or your motivation. Not only that, they might just turn you into a stellar employee, what without the every day worries that nag at you and kill your motivation, who knows what you can accomplish at your job so listen up and take good notes:

Corporate Career Secret #1: Stop Caring Oh So Much

Yes, this is a bold statement so let me explain. Care about the people. Care about the work. Care about your manners and your attitude but for the love of whatever it is your worship in life, stop caring so much about the gossip at the workplace and the news around the company. Stop caring about the decisions made at the top that do not resonate with you. Stop caring so much about the changes to process, policy and perks that are inevitably disagreeable with the employee masses.

Caring about the wrong thing does not serve you well at all, it accomplishes nothing and it will drain your motivation. Examine everything that comes across your desk (or computer, you know what I mean), and first ask if you should even bother with it, much less care about it and if not, toss it in the trashcan and move on to what matters.

Remember, there is the day-to-day work to be tackled and the future to consider. These are not the same. If you want to stay motivated in the present moment, you must turn a complete deaf ear to these inconsequential details. They do not matter and they rob your motivation. Do your job and do it well. Build a network of people you care about and do not concern yourself beyond that.

Corporate Career Secret #2: Do Only the Work That Matters

I will now tell you my greatest and most shocking lesson: It is not how hard you work, it is how smart you work.

Not news? Then are you doing it?

No one cares how “hard” you work. Hard does not translate to numbers. Hard does not move the stock price. Hard does not make the CEO or anyone else look good. Hard is irrelevant.

Do what matters and that means learning to say no to petty work that gets you nowhere and does no good for the company. This is the work that comes to you from a random co-worker, a project manager in another organization, an old colleague asking a favor and so on and on. The answer to all these lovely requests starts with a profuse apology followed by the fact that you are extremely busy with your current projects and have no bandwidth, even though you wish you could help them.

Before you can do this, you need to have some guts. Average guts will do; you don’t even need serious guts for this.

In my early years, I lived in constant fear, which was amplified by all those around me: “Oh my god, what if they fire me?“, I thought. I had better not say what I think and keep my head down and work really hard.  So I used to say yes-yes-yes to everything and everyone. That was stupid for a long time but I didn’t know better – remember, no one invited me to the seminar on learning the game.

First you must realize that you need only do the work that matters to the bottom line of not just the company but of your team and your group. Then you must learn how to identify this work from the rest of the noise. When you can do this, and I know you can, you will gain better focus and a healthier balance to your work. As a result, you can stay motivated longer.

Corporate Career Secret #3: Watch Your Attitude Like A Hawk

Attitude is everything. It really is in the corporate world. Even if a poor attitude doesn’t hurt your performance or your career track, it hurts your reputation and I have noticed that in the corporate culture, people tend to easily forget kindness but remember a single incident of a poor attitude and hold it against you forever.

I will never forget how much one single unintended incident early in my career cost me over the years. I will never forget how it was held over my head instead of being used as a lesson to help me embrace the company I used to love. You can argue with the stupidity of it all but where does that get you?

If you want to fix the system, you might want to get off my blog and go find the right site for that mission. I have no interest or desire in “fixing” the corporate world, only a passion to help people find a way to thrive in their careers and in this particular post, I want them to thrive if they choose to do so in a corporate job.

Your attitude should be professional in every occasion. Be professional when you are asking for something, when you are frustrated about something, when you want to complain about something, when you are negotiating and especially when you are sharing disappointing news or change in your plans. Refuse, with all your might, in becoming dark and jaded and cynical. Panic if you see yourself falling into this trap and immediately change it.

Most of all, never lose your conviction about the general goodness of people, no matter what you may have to deal with in your corporate career. And that single approach to your work will ensure that you feel proud about the exemplary character you show others through this attitude.

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Your Thoughts on Staying Motivated in Corporate?

Your motivation needs breathing room and if you can hone in on these three secrets, you can weather any corporate storm. And if it just so happens that you can no longer stand it, even despite these secrets, then call me. We’ll talk about a brand new venture for you.

  • http://ww.theskooloflife.com Srinivas Rao

    Farnoosh,

    Lots of food for thought in this one. While I haven’t had the success you did in the corporate world, these are lessons that would have been really nice when I got out of college.

    1) Stop Caring: It’s amazing how much people let their jobs rule their lives. What I’ve learned is that jobs will come and go. You’ll have good times and bad times. But if you remain attached to everything in your career, you’ll be imprisoned by it. When you finally have the ability to let go and not worry about how it all turns out, something interesting seems to happen. You get better at what you’re doing. People who are anxiety ridden about losing their jobs don’t do good work.

    2) Work That Matters: I think we’re finally in a time when organizations are starting to realize this. But I still think there are idiots who care about things like face time. People expect you to be there a certain number of hours each day. I might have to write a post on organizations on the verge of failure :). We need to spend time on things that make an impact.

    3) Attitude: This is probably one of the most important. If you cement somebody’s impression of you, then it’s really difficult to change it down the road. I’ve been in the position where I had a pretty bad attitude about things and it definitely showed.

    While I think the corporate world is something that I still have lots of issues with I think you’ve hit some really important points.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Srini, I know when you stop by, that I have written something good that touched a nerve. :) Nice to see you here. I did not realize you spent any time in the corporate environment. I had an impression that you were exposed to it but I guess the details escape me.

      Now, as to what you have added, or rather, emphasized from my points, exactly to the point on every single one. Your best assessment? This one I think: “People who are anxiety ridden about losing their jobs don’t do good work. ” It is so true and yet it is such a common and natural anxiety.

      You think you have issues now without spending a great deal of time there. Oh boy, I am so glad you don’t have to spend much time there. It is a different world and you do not realize it because you get so immersed in it. The opposite is true too. When we are in paradise, we can hardly imagine the opposite. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi Hines

    I’m pretty sure you just read my mind when writing this post… definitely something I needed to read to maintain for a little while longer. :)

    I am definitely learning #1 and have always been pretty good at maintaining an outwardly positive #3 no matter what is going on (mainly because of #1 again).

    #2 kind of varies within certain businesses. While what affects the bottom line is what should matter, what gets you noticed in certain companies (noticed in terms of raises, promotions, etc.) are the little things that shouldn’t matter like the number of lunches you go to with the “popular kids,” how often you get into the fun, non-work related chats, and so forth.

    Some workplaces are kind of like high-school. You could be a A+ student that follows the rules, but if you’re not one of the cool kids that is in with the boss because you talk about sports and their other interests, then you are left out in the cold when it comes to recognition for actually doing your job and not getting involved in the fluff.

    But that’s all stuff I’m adding to #1 as it just won’t matter for much longer. :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Kristi, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and first, I have to say I am so so excited for what is in store for you and what you will be allowing yourself to accomplish when you are out on your own. It will be fabulous!

      So, as to your comment, #2. I think what you say is not just true in some places; it is true in just about anywhere in terms of how you have to hang out with the right people, do the networking, get noticed, get talked about, and do all that goes *beyond* the work. I lived and breathed it on a global scale and it was draining but I was so determined to advance and that’s what I was going to add: IF you want to advance and move up in the corporate world, you must do that. My post here was meant for people who want to survive and thrive but not necessarily move up the corporate ladder. I should have been explicit. That is another post: The Top 3 Secrets on Moving Up the Corporate Ladder. Networking with the *right* crowd – no matter how you feel about them – is number 1.

      My question for you is this and it’s something I did not ask myself ask myself or dare answer honestly: Do you really want to build your future career dream in a place where that culture and that behavior is what gets you ahead and allows you to do your job? I began to find it all quite sickening. The cut-throat competition versus the belief that success is not a zero sum game; there IS enough of it to go around for all of us. You cannot believe the latter theory and still advance in the corporate world. Someone gets the promo and someone doesn’t. Someone becomes the leader and others do not. That’s the nature of a structured leadership going all the way up to one CEO. Sure, there are companies where everyone is treated as an equal and a developer may have as much say as say the CEO, whatever, but the point is as a general rule, it doesn’t matter to me and I think that the entrepreneurship allows us to be free and be true to our core values while having a true shot at massive success.

      Boy, I certainly have a bit of passion around this but I do hope it answers your questions. And I can’t wait to see you step out and start shining!

  • http://thearchtraveler.blogspot.com Erin

    Wow, I got goosebumps reading this post. I am currently in that place in my life where a significant change will need to happen in order for me to stay sane. The corporate life isn’t for me. I hope I can take some of your advice until I figure everything out!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Erin, I wish you the very best. Don’t feel bad at all. Corporate life is not for a lot of people especially if you want to do something on your own terms with your life. You *will* figure it all out. Let me know if I can be of support or help to help you make that exit strategy come together.

  • http://theboomerangkid.com Lindsay

    I can completely relate to the points you made above. During my time in the corporate world, I felt the most miserable when I cared too much about office gossip, promotions and all the petty organizational shuffling. I let those things seep into my personal life by focusing too much on them inside and outside of the office.

    Attitude is so important. I found myself easily slipping into a cynical and argumentative mode when faced with unfair or frustrating circumstances in my cubicle job. Letting those things spiral into a negative attitude only made my job more difficult.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Lindsay, oh my gosh, you too? I did too. I lived and breathed it. What is it about that culture that just becomes obsessive. And now that you are out and away from it, you can see how much healthier and happier you must be, I bet.
      It’s like we went through the same thing and hopefully you are now out and doing something you really love to do. Right?
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      • http://theboomerangkid.com Lindsay

        Yes, I’m happy to be free of my cube these days! I’m working to start my own business, which isn’t easy, but is very rewarding. I’m so much healthier (mentally and physically) than I was during my corporate days.

        Unfortunately, it took a very bad corporate job coupled with a verbally abusive boss to make me see the light. But now that I’m out, I’m so glad I finally had the push to start something on my own.

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          You know, I bet that was your blessing in disguise. I was put on a project from hell or I’d still be there. Someone had to push me over the edge and it is an unpleasant process but it helps us find our way. Sure, we should be brilliant enough not to need that but whatever puts us on the right path.
          Congrats on the working for yourself part, Lindsay, and let me know how I can support you! It WILL come together. I am certain of it for me. I am sure you are too for you!

  • http://www.liveandlovework.com/ Chrysta Bairre

    I love this article!

    On my regular morning walk today I was thinking about the difference between loving what you do and doing what you love.

    I am not currently in a job where I do what I love, but I do love what I do. For me, a huge part of loving what I do is attitude. I apply myself and do my best at what I’m doing now, while I am taking steps to transition to a career doing what I love.

    As I walked this morning and considered this, I felt re-energized and inspired to do my best work at the job in front of me, and this brings happiness and satisfaction to my work-life.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Chrysta, what a pretty name!
      Thank you for your thoughts – you have had me thinking about this. An interesting distinction. And I think I totally get it now. You have a brilliant attitude toward what you do and a job well done has its own rewards, that’s certainly true. Thanks for sharing a unique perspective. My aim was to help people feel motivated and happy, how you describe yourself, in their corporate job even if it is not something they love. You clarified it even better.

  • http://win-with-1.com Alison Moore Smith

    Farnoosh, another intriguing post. Love how you aren’t satisfied to think in restricted parameters.

    Three weeks before I graduated from college, I had my first baby. (She turns 24 tomorrow.) I decided to stay home with her, even though my husband was in graduate school and we were poor as spit. That’s when I started my first home business doing desktop publishing (back in the day when that was innovative).

    Now we own a sole proprietorship, an LLC, and a C corp. We have worked as business owners, corporate employees, and in academia. My experience is different, but maybe useful.

    Honestly, if you have to go to great lengths to “survive” a job, I think you’re in the wrong job. But as an entrepreneur and employer, I sincerely don’t think being the “boss” is for everyone. The answer isn’t always going out on your own, although for some people in some situations it is.

    If you hate your job or struggle to be motivated, find something else. But before you jump into your own thing, make sure it’s REALLY for you. Entrepreneurship has its cons as well as its pros. Make sure they make sense for YOU. :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Alison, absolutely true in what you say. I used to think that leaving to go somewhere else would solve the problem but it would only solve the problem that was in that current place but not necessarily land me in the RIGHT place. And your story is very inspiring – it looks like you have done it all.

      You know, there is something to be said about moving on and doing something you can be happy about. Absolutely! But I have come to realize that some people may not have that luxury or even that level of bravery or mindset immediately to make that jump so I was focused on helping them ease some of that weight from frustration and burden in the current place. Maybe as a result, it can help clear their minds.

      Ultimately, we must do what we love. That I stand by. It’s my talk and my walk, as you know. And it’s lovely that you both advocate the same message. Thanks for adding so much value to this post.

  • http://the100percentyou.com/ John Sherry

    You may have just taken on the corporate culture with this one Farnoosh – wouldn’t that be good? I would add – don’t just think about making money. It’s best to make a good reputation, friends and positive working relationships, and make a difference by trying to make the world a better place in some way. Corporate doesn’t have to mean profit, it does mean acting profitable in who we are and what we offer. Love your recent posts on this angle Farnoosh – they put the ‘Cor’ in corporate.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi John, you think they may hire me as a spokesperson on the topic yet? :)

      Great point about the money, which then translates into not being obsessed about advancement and promotion – gosh, I sound the opposite of what I used to be, but whatever, it is the truth – and in the process, finding the right thing for you to do, regardless of the monetary reward.

      Thanks John. You make me smile! So nice of you to stop by.

  • Betty

    ” if you can hone in on these three secrets”…
    I think you mean “home.” Common mistake. Maybe add it to the list of 19 Errors to Avoid?

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Betty, interesting. You made me look it up and it seems while ‘home in’ is the original, the ‘hone in’ version is now accepted too. Thanks for calling it out. I think I will keep it as is then based on this article: Hone in or home in.

      • Betty

        Thanks for responding. I agree that the usage is increasingly accepted. Language does mutate, even if the mutation was originally a mistake (as here). I think it’s unusual for someone who writes about proper English usage to insist on using an altered version of an longstanding idiom, but it’s your blog and your rules.

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Likewise, thank you for coming back, Betty. I listen to a podcast called Grammar Girl where she often talks about the changes to the language and ways we can adapt to the new variations that have become accepted as the norm. I insist on the correct use of the English language and there are clear lines between correct and incorrect. However, mutation – as you call it – is not the same as correct/incorrect, in my viewpoint. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I do value my readers’ opinions a great deal.

          • Betty

            Your earlier writing seems to espouse a different view regarding errors that mutate into accepted usage through frequent repetition.

            “Let us not succumb to the everyday disasters in the language and just follow the crowd.
            Let us turn the tide and care about the way the English language is spoken and written.”

            Seems like it’s the right thing to “just follow the crowd,” after all. BTW, thanks for pointing out my typo. Of course, typos and improper usage are separate issues, but I understand why you felt defensive.

            • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

              Betty, I do appreciate your persistent opinion here, even though you are far from accurate in your assessment of my approach and regard for the use of the English language.

              If you wish to follow this conversation, which is entirely off topic on this blog post, please feel free to contact me directly instead.

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          PS: I think you meant “a longstanding” as opposed to “an”.

  • http://www.onelovemeg.com Meg | One Love Meg

    No one cares how “hard” you work. I think you nailed it there. Get your job done but stop trying to outdo yourself. No one really cares. That’s how you get burnt out…fast.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Meg, glad you already know this truth and that you won’t be making this mistake. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you are doing awesome.

  • http://jonathanfigaro.com jonathanfigaro

    I like the way you said, ” Watch YOUR attitude like a Hawk.” We must keep our mind on optimism and never let the day to day B.S. get to us. Some people react to what someone says and it ruins their entire day. Others hear something and it passes through their mind like wind to a leaf. It never bothers them or causes them to feel pain in anyway.

    GUYS!!!!! This is where YOU want to be. You want to be mentally free from non sense and embrace beauty like all successful people do. Farnoosh, great post! Keep it up!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Jonathan, mentally free from the nonsense. I can’t agree more but it’s not easy. It’s just not easy and especially if you are immersed in the environment of negative. And sometimes, that is what the corporate world is like. I am glad you are so passionate about the right attitude, Jonathan and thank you for sharing.

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  • http://www.misadventureswithandi.com Andi

    You nailed it! I have been working in a corporate environment since I was 19. I sometimes look longingly at friends who work for themselves or small companies, but I really can’t imagine not working in the corporate world!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Andi, is that a long time? I don’t know since you didn’t say how many years but if it is, then maybe a change is due. Believe me I *know* exactly how you feel in terms of not being to imagine another world but there is a beautiful fantastic world out there and it is, I’m afraid, much better than at least my miserable corporate life. I hope you find peace and happiness wherever you may be working and thanks for stopping by.

      • http://www.misadventureswithandi.com Andi

        I’m 41, so it’s been awhile ;-) thanks for the warm thoughts!

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Brilliant time to embrace change, Andi – never too late :)! And you are most welcome.

  • Sarah

    I could have really used this post six months ago! I had to totally revamp my attitude. I was miserable. When I look back and read my journal from those days, basically it’s the same complaints over and over about my job. But I really turned a corner, and a lot of it had to do with this kind of advice. I realized how much energy I was wasting being unhappy. So much! Every day! I didn’t want to live like that. I also noticed that I was alienating the people I worked with by arguing and complaining and questioning procedures. That was getting me nowhere. I had to let go and not care quite so much. I had to distance myself from a co-worker whose negative attitude was effecting me more than I realized. I had to learn how to appreciate the good in others and accept certain limitations. I really recommend the book “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College” to anyone struggling with this issue. It was like a light bulb turning on for me.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Sarah, it seems you are on the happier side of things and it’s wonderful, just wonderful to hear that you left or you changed things somehow, from what I sense in your reply. Gosh, I wish I knew to write this sooner. Every symptom you mention here, I have experienced and I think it is an epidemic, I swear. It is really sad to let ourselves spiral down into it. I am very glad that you pulled yourself out. Thanks for the comment, the thoughts and the book recommendation and best of luck in everything.

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  • Jamie Farrell

    Farnoosh, Lovely post. I’ve had similar experiences. I spent 3 years in corporate, 3 year sin start up, 1 year in corporate, and then 2 years in start up and I think there are a few things you’ll find interesting: 1) You’ve only been out of the ‘corporate’ world for 2 months. I’m interested to hear what you have to say when you’ve been out for a year +. For me, I had all sorts of ‘epiphenies’ the first year I was out. I wonder if you could re-write this post every quarter and see how your views have changed – gotten more clear or stronger with time. 2) I think it’s also important to note that the ideas you have pot forth do not only work to stay motivated in a corporate environment, but in any business environment. There are a lot of 50 person companies that are not corporate at all, but they still have the same issues to deal with that you’ve discussed above. So I do believe this post can reach a wider scope of people.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Jamie, you are right, it can apply to many other environments. I only worked for a startup of 20-25 people and there were some of these same issues. It’s just been such a long time that I did not think back but the worst part is the office gossip now that I think about it.
      Thank you for expanding the scope here and also for sharing your thoughts. I know your experience has been versatile and it makes for a great perspective. Surprisingly enough, this post got hundreds upon hundreds of visits after publish. I think it did resonate with many people!

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  • http://www.YourExtraordinaryFuture.com Sean Cox

    Hi Farnoosh. Even though I’m not in corporate America, I find your advice relevant. “Caring about the wrong thing does not serve you well”–boy, there can be such a strong pull, for various reasons, to “care” about irrelevant things! They are relevant to SOMEONE, just not me.

    “Learning to say no to work that doesn’t matter”–related to previous point–saying yes and investing our valuable, precious, FINITE time, talent, and treasure in things that really don’t matter!

    Both are boundary issues, right? 100% of my clients over the years–100%– have had boundary issues of one sort or another (not just these two types here–there are many others!). It always comes back to boundaries, for all of us, I’m convinced. Thanks for raising and illustrating something crucial for all of our success.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Sean, I think as Jamie said above, it serves even a larger audience than the corporate audience – she still meant it in the work environment – but you are applying it to other parts of our life. I can totally see it. I’ve gotta remember this line: “They are relevant to SOMEONE, just not me.”!!
      Thank you for sharing your clients’ experience. Boundary issues. Yes, that’s one way to put it for sure. Great, great additions to the original post, a million thanks.

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  • http://www.kaizenvision.com Aileen | Kaizen Vision

    You offer great insights, wisdom, and inspiration in this post! There are numerous people who choose the Corporate life and who are on the outside dreaming of getting in – once you’re in their is still a profound amount of work to do – especially of one wants to keep motivated and reach new career goals AND they want to enjoy their journey.
    I love your advice of Watch Your Attitude Like a Hawk. Such an often over looked area & yet significant!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Aileen, you know that’s funny you say that, yes there are some people who are dreaming of getting INTO the corporate life. And I think the amount of work is less demotivating in the corporate environment than the other things that turned me off like the culture, the politics, the poor leadership, oh the list is long. I am so glad you enjoyed this.

  • http://hajrak.blogspot.com Hajra

    Hey Farnoosh,

    I am so sorry for having stopped by after so long – I joined the corporate sector and I don’t have time for myself at all! Yes, I am working 10 hours a day, 6 days a week and I have no, no time for myself. And this is just one week into this. This is the first time I am working in a corporate sector. And I am already thinking about other ventures.

    I have never worked in a corporate sector before and working for such long hours and with such hectic schedules, has me leaving so many things that I would have loved to do.

    But yes, thanks for such great tips and “survival strategies”. I hope I am promoted to something I love and just be happy.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Only one week, Hajra? One? :) Oh you have got to give it a bit longer but yes, that sounds very familiar and you may get used to it or you may decide it’s not for you. Either way, I hope that you make the best decision for you and not be pressured into it by what others think. Thanks for stopping by and no apology necessary. Best of luck and take care of yourself!

  • Kristi in Texas

    Faroosh,
    This post got me led me to your blog. I’ve read and re-read your post several times, especially when I feel down. It doesn’t fail to lift my spirits and help me get my mind back where it needs to be. While I am no longer in corporate, but in an industry every bit as obsessive as corporate, your insights are applicable my current job situation. I look forward to reading moreposts from your blog.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Kristi, I am so so glad this helped you. It is such a fulfillment for me to know that something I wrote impacted someone else. It is what keeps me going! If I can do anything else for you, please let me know, and I shall write so long as you read. All the best in your work.

      • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

        Oh and thank you so much for leaving a comment here, so nice of you!

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  • Negar

    Wonderfully written! I feel I have a good grasp on #1 and #3. #2 is what I need to work on! Prioritization is key. Can you believe I’ve worked for Corporate America for six years already?? Where does the time go….?! :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Time flies when you are having fun? ;) This post became a star post because someone linked to it. I think you are not alone in searching for motivation in the work place. I can believe it, Negar, and time does fly so plan accordingly and do things you love and believe in. Thanks so much for weighing in here and feel free to share this with anyone in your office/work that might benefit.

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