THE BLOG
02/21/2011 01:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Change Jobs, Change Everything

Getting a new job has opened up a whole new world to me.

More importantly, it's opened up a whole new world for a bunch of other people.

I never imagined the chain reaction that takes place when one person accepts a new position.

I leave.

Someone replaces me.

Then someone has to replace them.

Another person will take that job, which opens up yet another position.

And so on. And so on.

And so on.

It's amazing when you think about it (not that anyone does but me).

There are even chain reactions with the people who surround you.

When you start a new job there will be instances when you have to hire new people to fill open positions.

And this starts a whole different set of chain reactions.

It's a giant game of musical jobs.

All because one person changed where they work.

And it didn't start with me. Someone had to leave my new position for it to become available.

And someone else left the position they just took.

Even before that, a third person must have gone somewhere for that job to be open.

And this may happen a hundred times before the effects trickle down to you.

I think.

Actually, now I'm just confused.

But I do know what one person does has a huge impact on lots of other people.

Even more than we'll ever know.

Kind of like being a teacher or a school administrator.

Email Michael Smith at micsmith@principalspage.com