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Garrett French

One thing I'd add, from here in the 5th year of my professional career, is the value I've found in staying focused (and flexible) on getting to positions in companies where I can:

a)have the most fun
b)kick the most ass
c)work with the most interesting people

This was true when I worked in a restaurant and it's true now that I'm driving product development and thought leadership marketing for MarketSmart Interactive.

This was the exact advice I gave my sister, who just got her masters degree in sociology: gravitate to the position - no matter where you work - in which you will be the most engaged.

If you've got a crap job, focus on the thing there you enjoy the most and develop your approach so that the folks who come after you can benefit from your legacy.

When I talk with folks who say they hate their jobs and can't find a single thing they're willing to invest in at work I tell them to quit.

That attitude is poisonous anyways, and really really boring to me.

for the record: My perspective and advice probably applies more to folks just getting started in their careers.

Though I wholeheartedly believe that by following my practices I will successfully target that bullseye you're talking about.

At the very least I know that I'll enjoy going to work, and to me, that's the true meaning of professionalism.

Mark Sigal

Great points, Garrett, and completely agree with your perspective. Side comment is that it boggles the mind how many people hate what they are doing, yet fail to see their part in the equation and/or devote themselves to fixing the situation or getting into a different body of water.

Cheers,

Mark

Albin LE GUYADER

My sales manager, when I left my last job, told me that I will miss to the company because there are two kind of people. 80% are breaking stones and 20% are cutting stones. I am in the 20% that consider that it is better not to do a thing than doing it approximately ! I rode something similar few weeks ago on a very brilliant blog, it was about chickens and pigs... But I havent any response from this blogger... :-)

Albin

PS: As I am still ready to sell parts of my body to work for vSocial I decided to stop a bit my uploads and focus on tools to promote the videos and obviously vSocial in the same time (digg.com, exotic forums,...)

John "Z-Bo" Zabroski

I think there are a lot of times when employers just plain luck-into good employees. And employees luck-into the perfect job.

I know at my current job, I am not sure what it was that got me in the door, but my supervisors always seem to be really happy to talk to me. (I think it's just that I catch them off-guard with how fast I think of a solution to their problem).

I don't really know about having the perfect skill set for the job, either. If I told you what I was doing, you'd probably blink... and... blink... and ponder. 99% of the people I work with ask me, "How the hell did you end up in this department?" My background knowledge is a complete 180 from the people I work with.

I think the important things that allow me to function in an (unfamiliar) environment and be successful at my job are:
(a) problem solving
(b) DOING

Some people are problem solvers, but not all of them are also do-ers. This is not my original idea. I think I stole it from Joel Spolsky (joelonsoftware.com). =)

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