Today is my 7 year anniversary at Lincoln Financial.
Let that sink in a moment.
Seven years at one company, going to the same floor, of the same building with the same people every day, 5 days a week.
7 years, that is longer than any relationship I've ever been in by at least a good two years. The job I was in before this I had worked at a total of 4 years. How long have you worked at your current job? I'm 30 and I've worked at this job for 7 years. I'm a little bit in awe of myself. When I thought about all of things I thought I'd do with my life, I never dreamed that I'd spend 7 years working for an insurance company.
Not that I have a bad gig. In fact I think many would kill for a job like mine. After all, I get my own greyish/blueish cubicle, I've got a plant on my desk that I've managed to keep alive for the most recent half of my seven years here (this is incredible seeing as how I normally kill plants). I've got a steady income, a matching 401k, enough income that I also contribute to a ROTH IRA, enough PTO to pursue my passions, health insurance, and a portion of my income is variable, so in theory the harder I work the more I make. Pretty good gig, Lincoln is Awesome, but I'm not sure that I'm always happy hanging out in my cubicle making phone calls to financial advisors. Let me be clear, this has nothing to do with Lincoln. Lincoln Financial is an AMAZING company to work for. I would highly recommend them to you if you are looking for a job.
It's just that I never thought this would be how I made a living, I thought my living would come from being a little more intimately involved in non-profit work or doing something where I could see that I was making a direct positive impact in someone's life. I guess that is why I teach yoga, but yoga sure doesn't pay my bills (at least not yet, maybe someday it will be able to pay some, or at least help me take a big vacation once a year or enhance my wardrobe).
This anniversary seems like a good time to take stock of what I've been doing with my life and where I want to go. Is it an accomplishment to spend 7 years at one company? I honestly don't know if it means I'm dedicated and loyal or if it means I'm afraid of risk and change. In reality I think it's a big combination of all of those things. What I think it says about me is that I really don't like change. I like the safe route, I want the sure shot in life, in relationships, in everything. I don't like change and I typically don't do it gracefully. Therefore I've stayed in the same job and pretty much the same position for a very long time. Does this mean I'm failing to reach my full potential? Some times I think so. I try to accomplish a lot, but how do we know if we are making a difference or leaving a positive legacy and does it matter? These are my thoughts, and I've been spending way to much time in my head about it. What changes do you resist, what do you stay in because you don't like change? What do you want your legacy to be?