Go Where You Are Celebrated, Not Just Tolerated

One of the key pieces of advice I give to professionals is to “go where you are celebrated, not just tolerated.”

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This advice came from my good friend, Coach John Brubaker who wrote the foreword to my first book. It means that instead of staying in a job or organization where you feel undervalued or unappreciated, you should actively seek out opportunities where your unique skills and talents are recognized and valued.

When you are celebrated in your work, you are more likely to feel fulfilled and motivated in your job, which can lead to greater productivity, creativity, and job satisfaction. Additionally, when you feel valued in your work, you are more likely to stay with a company for the long-term, which can lead to greater career advancement and stability.

However, it is important to note that this does not mean that you should be constantly looking for the next best thing or jumping from job to job. Rather, it means that you should be mindful of your current situation and actively seek out opportunities where you can feel fulfilled and valued in your work.

One way to do this is to take a step back and assess your current job and organization. 

  • Are you being given opportunities to grow and develop your skills? 
  • Are your contributions and ideas being recognized and valued? 
  • Are you being compensated fairly for your work? 

If the answer to these questions is no, then it may be time to start looking for new opportunities.

Another way to find a place where you are celebrated is to focus on your strengths and passions. Think about what you are naturally good at and what you truly enjoy doing. Identify the type of work that aligns with your strengths and passions and seek out opportunities in those areas.

It’s also important to remember that being celebrated doesn’t mean that everything is going to be perfect all the time. Sometimes you will have to deal with difficult challenges and people, but if overall you feel like you have a chance to grow, be recognized, and achieve success, that’s a great sign that you are in a place where you are celebrated.

In summary, “go where you are celebrated, not just tolerated” is all about finding work that aligns with your strengths, passions, and values, and in an environment that recognizes, values, and rewards your contributions.

Remember that you deserve to work somewhere where you are truly valued, respected and celebrated, not just an average employee.



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