The IKEA Effect: “We don’t put effort into things because we love them. We love them because we put effort into them.”
If you see someone walking down the street looking like a guy with alot on his mind, well, that guy might be me. See, about a month ago I heard about this really amazing product and cutting edge technology and I thought to myself, “wow, someone’s going to learn about this and how to sell it and they’re gonna write articles about that guy and how he was part of a revolutionary moment in that field.” And I had lunch with the guy that invented it and has been perfecting it the last three years, all while running two other divisions of his business at the same time. And, a friend of mine I’ve known since childhood thought of me when he saw this idea and had similar thoughts as me, so he arranged that lunch and said great things about me and we were all caught up in a whirlwind of enthusiasm and positivity and lo’ and behold, I quit my job and took a new job selling this amazing product (I plan to tell/blog about it in the future once I get my sea legs).
Seriously, that was five weeks ago. In that span of time, I accepted an offer, gave a resignation, and then spent a marvelous 10 days in Maui relaxing with my family while I was out of work and celebrating a new chapter in my life. Now, my challenge is to make sure this isn’t one of those short chapters in a book …ya know, those 4-page chapters where nothing happens except some character is introduced doing something odd and disconnected from the rest of the book like, say, working in his basement on his computer hacking into mainframes and then he sees an irregularity in a sequence of data and makes a note in his journal and then …bam …new chapter and we rejoin our main characters. The book eventually will get back to that character, but sometimes not. Sometimes we just learn that what he discovered was relevant to the over-archging story, but his character wasn’t relevant. That’s what this is …someway and somehow, this awesome cool thing is going to succeed and I don’t plan on being a nameless, faceless character used briefly to advance the story.
Anyway, what I’m alluding to is …I want to think I’ve written a final chapter in one book (aka my former career of 16 years) and started a new chapter in my new book (aka my new job …you’re all getting my analogy, right?).
It’s an odd thing changing a career at 39 years old when you consider I had spent 16 years doing the exact same thing, albeit for 3 different companies. I certainly had entered a “comfort zone” of sorts. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. In the old days …like 30 or 40 years ago, that’s exactly what people wanted to find …a “comfort zone” with benefits, a pension, and a place they could happily work for 25 or 35 years and then retire, knowing their job would always be there and each year would carry with it a cost-of-living increase and maybe a promotion here or there.
I also think most people like to think that, hey, if they were to see something amazing they’d know exactly what they would do when said amazing thing presented itself to them. I like to think I know exactly what to do, too, and I think I know what I’m doing. But …I’m wondering …does everyone who leaves “comfortable” feel “uneasy” at first as they start writing their new chapter?
What’s the point of this blog entry? Is it to tell you I have a new job? Is it to brag that I’m a “risk taker”? Or is it just some attempt at communal bonding with other people who changed jobs-slash-careers? It’s probably a little of all three. And a fourth point …to share some great quotes my wife sent me during my first week (oh …just for the record, I’m exactly 6 days into the job) and these quotes couldn’t be more perfect. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. And, I also thank you for reading …I need to blog more and that motivation comes courtesy of my sister who started her own blog and she’s been a blogging MACHINE and it’s impressive, humbling, and inspiring. My family and friends have come to know me as the “blogger” in the family and while it’s perfectly OK for a family to have two bloggers, I just don’t want to someday be referred to as “the guy who used to blog about stuff.”
Again …read and bookmark my sisters blog. Thanks for reading mine. And here’s those awesome quotes.
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ―C. JoyBell C.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” -The Walt Disney Company
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -E.E. Cummings