Two of my favorite television shows are “Up w/Chris Hayes” and “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC. The hosts, guests, topics, and level of honest debate are high energy and always challenge my thinking. Recently, Chris Hayes said something I had to jot down: “The gap between your aspiration and your situation equals your level of frustration”. Although the topic under discussion that morning was not the work environment or careers, the lesson is a lesson for every space.
Three key words: aspiration, situation, and frustration. Three words that sum up the disappointing times of work life (and help us understand contentment). The words also provide a window into how we might deal with disappointments that surely come over the course of any career.Continue Reading