We all make (many) mistakes as we grow into adults; getting older is hard work and we are all just figuring things out as we go. This is especially true when it comes to figuring out our career path, and working our way to the top.
But if there was ever a time to take things less seriously in order to repair and benefit our mental health and work/life balance, it is now.
Here are a few wise words to keep in mind that could help your career going forward.
- Approach all new things with a clear perspective, void of any pre-conceived ideas. Rules and regulations in the workplace are there for a reason, but like with many things in life, that does not mean you cannot think for yourself and ask questions or challenge them.
- You are not stuck; you can change your mind at any time. You may spend years of your time and thousands of ZAR studying and training for something, but that doesn’t mean you must now be stuck in that career path for the rest of your life if it no longer serves and fulfills you. Change is scary, but so is the thought of staying in something that makes you unhappy or does not challenge you.
- Simply have more fun! A lot of us bring work home with us in some way or another, and it consumes our minds for most hours of the day. It is important to take a break from that headspace in order to avoid being burnt out.
- Don’t apologize unnecessarily. Yes, if you hurt someone directly, this is cause for a sincere apology. But there are many of us that simply apologize because we believe we should be acting a certain way and do not value ourselves and our ideas enough. Stand your ground, and realize your worth.
- Stop caring so much about what others think of you. This is something most people struggle with, but imagine the mental and emotional freedom of going through life without this burden? After all, many of the people we are worrying about do not have any direct impact on where our careers will go, and are not people we will ever have close relationships with.