If you think that a consultant career would be a perfect way to remove job stress, keep dreaming. Perfect is a fantasy you’ll never find, but if you can be happy with good enough, then we’ve got something to talk about. It’s the â€œgrass is greener on the other side of the fenceâ€ syndrome. What you don’t have almost always looks better but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily so.
We ran across a great thought: the part is not the whole. It’s okay to dislike a part of your consultant career, as long as the core of what you do is stimulating and satisfying. In a perfect world, you’ll find something that you love to do, that you have a natural talent for, AND that doesn’t drive you nuts. Slightly crazy is okay.
A freelance consultant career requires you to be able to take the good with the bad, especially if you are the only person on staff. Who’s going to do the grunt work of marketing, buying office supplies, and fixing the printer when it jams? You. On the flip side, who gets to research different industries, meet new people, and contribute expertise that earns you everlasting gratitude and glowing reviews? You also.
One thing to ask yourself: do you spend more time doing stuff you hate or stuff you like? If the answer is â€œlike,â€ then it’s good to realize that sometimes you simply have to grit your teeth and get through the day. It’s also entirely possible that a consultant career is a hideous mismatch for your personality. Oops. The great thing about life is that there are only a few decisions you can’t undo and this likely isn’t one of them.
That office cubicle will always be glad to take you back.
The Speaking Of Wealth Team
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