“We hear a great deal of talk about the midlife crisis of the executive. It is mostly boredom.” ~ Peter Drucker, management expert
At some point in your career, you may sense a creeping malaise. You’re no longer enthusiastic about the day ahead. Perhaps you’re experiencing a mid-career crisis—the sudden realization that you’re no longer a rising star.
After 20 years of all-too-familiar work, you’re good at your job, but you’re not learning or contributing as much. You seldom feel the challenge or particularly satisfied, yet bills must be paid, bosses remain unpleasant, projects fail, and work stagnates.
You try to focus on your true values and the reasons you initially chose your line of work. But the daily grind has somehow taken over, and your work life has been reduced to reports, data, meetings and managing difficult coworkers.
You may think about switching jobs, but this presents additional risks. A “grass is greener” mentality often leads to disappointments, similar to changing seats on the Titanic.
Welcome to the mid-career challenge. A new career may mean a loss of seniority, lower pay, a geographic move and a new set of problems that closely resemble those you’ve left behind. But staying in a job that seems to be going nowhere, filled with mind-numbing work, means resigning yourself to a lack of growth and meaning.
This article about mid-career challenge asks questions to explore your values and three key personal-development components with your coach or mentor, to rekindle your drive.
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