Instead of making an impact, the impact is making you. Soon enough, giving your all feels like you are putting your nose on the grindstone, and you're left feeling unappreciated, unrecognized and unfulfilled.
Think about your typical workday. How often do you wake up in the morning, excited to get to work? How much time do you spend fighting traffic to get to the office? Do you run from meeting to meeting, with no time in between, as emails pile up unanswered in your inbox?
For all the founders who were ever discarded by the establishment, know that your contribution is valued. My hope? That the tide turns and we begin respecting the very entrepreneurs on which the world is built.
Quitting early to avoid getting stuck in a rut is smart. But continually shortening your time horizons for career achievement and shirking hard work in the search for immediate silver bullets is a dangerous practice, and may actually limit your long-term outcomes.
Keep a record of the situations that lead to your anger and your hostility, and try to use these ideas. You might find yourself less angry -- and less anxious -- and the people who care about you will appreciate your progress. You can control your anger rather than let it control you.
One of the most important aspects of being human is the fact that we have feelings -- all day long. And yet, rarely are we taught healthy ways to cope with them. Who among us learned about coping with emotions in school?
Most of us -- almost 90 percent at last count -- say we are dissatisfied with our jobs and intend to seek new opportunities. Before thinking about when to quit, it's useful to understand why we won't quit when we know we should.
When individuals from even the most traditional backgrounds focus on mastery, rather than accumulated awards, they feel liberated. And when all's said and done, if you still see true value in a credential, then chase it. But let it broaden your professional life instead of bogging you down.
As smartphone technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, we can't fool ourselves into thinking that our lives will automatically benefit. Instead of passively falling into costly behavioral traps, actively manage your mobile matters.
As psychologist Dr. Neal Roese stated, "On average, regret is a helpful emotion." It can even be an inspiring one. But it means that we must recognize our disappointments, understanding that it's our capacity to experience regret deeply, and learn from it to ultimately frame our future success.
For the modern professional, multitasking is an immutable part of daily life. Yet 97% of us are hopeless at it. It's a well-cited observation that juggling two or more things at once depletes our health and harms our productivity.
As you wait for the elevator to arrive after another mediocre day at the office, you give yourself an all-too-familiar pep talk. "I'm better than this, and I've completely had it with this job," you tell yourself. "I'm outta here for good."
When left unattended, strong emotions can lead to destructive behaviors. Attending to times that you feel hurt, belittled, let down, disrespected, insulted or threatened is key to dealing with the anger that often comes from those experiences.
For most of us, starting at a new company brings up those same anxieties we felt when starting in a new school as a child. All of a sudden you don't have any friends, you're not sure what you're supposed to do, and it's hard to find the bathroom.
Instead of forging the impression of experience, I'd rather we turn the tables and use our inexperience as an advantage in the organizations we work for and the companies we start. In other words, we need to start playing to our strengths.
As traditional notions of prestige are fast losing relevancy, we should all focus more on creating real value. If you're lucky enough to have attended a great college or worked for a top company, you have an obligation to turn these affiliations into accomplishments.
Rejection often triggers painful emotional doubts about our own competence, so we either try to avoid it or pretend that it doesn't matter. A more constructive approach is to remember that rejection can be beneficial.
In the past you had to spend years acquiring specialist skills or knowledge in a particular field to be recognized as an expert. But with the rise of social media, the path to expertise -- or more correctly, perceived expertise -- has shortened dramatically.
Most of us have grown up assuming that career success is vertical. We climb the ladder and move from junior positions to senior ones. The problem is that today's work is no longer divided up into small tasks that require higher and higher layers of management to put together.
If you ever want to lie awake at night, go ahead and think about your "one thing" -- the one thing you were born to do, the one career you were built to succeed at and the one person you were destined to spend the rest of your life with.