Our Personal Hamster Wheel

We are going through a transformation at my day job. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that before but in case you’ve missed it, there you have it. The purpose of this transformation is to help us specialize further in helping our clients and on a broader scale, stay competitive with our clients.

Despite all the changes this year (in my day job and outside of it), I have to say that this year has been one of the best when it comes to progress and learning. I have had more “threats” to my little safe bubble of a world (we all live in some bubble to a degree whether we want to admit it or not) and yet for the first time in years I can feel myself growing in knowledge, understanding, maturity… I can keep going. Admittedly, all this learning hasn’t been fun, but I wanted change it.

So what does this all have to do with a hamster wheel? Seeing as I personally have grown this year, I can’t help but look back at the past couple years as years on a hamster’s wheel. I was working harder, not smarter. I was hitting walls but couldn’t necessarily see the right path in front of me. Simply put, I felt lost. And while I don’t claim to know all the answers now (certainly not!), I do feel like I have a few new paths to try, I can see where I’ve made mistakes (and noticed trends on them) and I’m confident I can move forward. Honestly, it feels really great.

What about you all? Ever been stuck in the hamster’s wheel? What did you do to get out of it?

Happy writing this week!

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