I want that job….

There is a story told about a farmer who grew discontent with his farm.  He complained about the lake on his property that always needed to have the fish thinned out.  The rolling hills made it more difficult for him to run the fence rows.  Sometimes he couldn’t even see his cows because they had so much territory to cover.  At night it was so dark it was hard to walk from the barn back to his house.

He decided to sell the place and move somewhere really nice.  He called a realtor and made plans to sell his property.  A few days later he picked up the local paper, looking for a new place.  But his eye caught an ad for a lovely country home in an ideal location – quiet and peaceful.  It had soft rolling hills; a pristine lake stocked with bass, a classic barn surrounded by natural flowers and soft grass, and came complete with a wonderful herd of Black Angus cows.  It was just close enough to a small town to be convenient but far enough out to be uncluttered by city lights, traffic and noise.

Beautiful Nature Countryside In New Zealand Concept

He read the ad a second and then a third time before realizing the realtor had given her description of the place he currently owned.  He called her and told her to cancel the ad.  He said, “I’ve changed my mind.  I’ve been looking for a place like that all my life.”

I hear countless people complain about their jobs.  They have to work five days a week, only get paid $25 an hour, and only get five holidays off a year.  Their employer pays only half their medical insurance and their company car allowance just got cut to $350 a month.   Now trust me, this is only one example; I also hear about positions where the salary is “only” $230,000 with all the other items increased proportionately.  The complaints are very much the same regardless. 

What about your job?  How would someone else describe it looking in from the outside?  Would they see the negatives that you see or would they see a wonderful opportunity?  Are you already in a reasonable opportunity?  I told a client recently that it appeared the only constant factor in his long list of horrible jobs was him.  Would you have the same complaints in a new job after a few months? 

Here’s a copy of the classic story of finding treasure right where you are.  It’s free and just my gift of encouragement to some of you to find your own Acres of Diamonds:

Acres of Diamonds

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  • PaulVandermill

    Greetings Dan,

    At some point in life we learn that no one person, no one aspect of our lives can meet all of our wants and needs. This is why we need multiple life accounts where we make deposits (as you have taught us). Perhaps we should view a job in much the same way. It provides a floor for things like income, not necessarily a ceiling. A side venture may be what is needed to provide satisfaction in areas that a current job cannot while we move away from depending too much upon a single employer which can also have it’s own dangers (again as you have taught us). What do you suggest in order to prevent going down the path the man in the story had, not understanding and appreciating what he had. Practicing gratitude? Becoming aware of what we think but also examining our thought patters, asking what and why? Thanks for the thought provoking post.

  • I love that story. What a difference re-framing makes.