At various points throughout my career, I've fallen into a rut.
Most of us have experienced this at one point or another. We feel like our job owns us, and it's not a good feeling.
I used to channel that feeling of dissatisfaction and lack of autonomy into a variety of channels - looking at job postings, checking up on my favorite thinkers, daydreaming about a better situation. Ultimately unproductive in terms of getting unstuck.
I haven't been in a rut for while now. This is in large part because I work for a great company with an awesome CEO who empowers her team. It is also because I have shifted the way I approach work.
When you feel the job starting to own you, take a big step back, and own the job.
But don't just own your job. Own your company.
(or your non-profit, campaign, or wherever you work)
Even if you don't own the company, don't let that stop you. Act like you own the company.
Think like the boss.
Even if you are the owner, don't forget to think like one.
Once you own up, your work gets better, and is much more satisfying.
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