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Haha I just read the “Breaking your leg in the shower” blog post you referenced in the video and it’s so true to my life right now. I broke my ankle 5 weeks ago. Before that it had gotten pretty unbearable at work and the things I asked for (like backfill so I wasn’t working 2 positions, more time to spend on the project I’m assigned to, some flexibility to work from home etc.) were mostly being ignored by managers and HR. Everyone around me was dragging their heels to make anything happen. After I broke my ankle (I didn’t go on short-term disability and chose to keep working) many of the things I hoped and asked for before the accident were fast-tracked and today I’m quite a bit happier.
Sometimes it does take breaking your leg for the situation to change 😛
(And as a Thriver this is why having a job that provides stability in the form of good health insurance and a steady paycheck in times of sickness is an absolute top value for me!)
This experience has already helped me understand myself and my current situation better. Listening to the Thriver profile really opened my eyes to a few things.
I’ve been working in the outdoor industry for the last few years (think surf, snow, bike) and while everyone tells me “that’s the dream” because I’m really passionate about those activities and it has a cool factor (and pro deals lol) it’s actually been hurting my passions. I currently work for a bike company and while they advocate lunch rides and the “work hard, play hard” mentality I’ve been riding less since I started there than before I took the job. I think I feel like there’s a pressure to perform and excel at my passion now that it’s linked to my job and the pressure makes it less fun. While I’m not in charge of anything and this job has stability, I also feel like a bit of a poseur because riding bikes is just something I do for fun not my capital-P “passion” like it is for a lot of other people there. The culture is totally Tribe Member-centric and I feel burntout trying to constantly fit in.
A second interesting thing that came up was the Thriver who wanted to teach (some) yoga. I am a petsitter on the side but don’t want to start my own business around it like a Firestarter or Side Hustler. I do it because petsitting is fun for me and the extra money is nice too. But if it were my whole career I would be so stressed about doing it. I like knowing that as a Thriver I can still do other “work” whether volunteering or side gigs as long as they appeal to the always having fun side of me.
I am really looking forward to exploring secondary profiles next as I feel like there might be a dash of Firestarter rebelliousness in me as well haha 🙂
Hi Everyone! My name in Angela Jensen and I’m from Santa Cruz, CA (Bay Area). I took the quiz about a year ago (Thriver) and have been following the blog and pod content since. The enticement of a free coaching session is what got me to finally go from lurking on the free content and joining the PPSC. Looks like I’m the only one so far but hopefully there are more people like me who will be introducing themselves soon!
I decided this was something to pursue because I’m struggling to be creative enough or able to expand my mind enough to envision the possibilities and opportunities that might be out there and might fit who I am and what I need in life instead of doing the same thing over and over. I feel like I’ve hit a few walls in my path so far and don’t really know what direction to go in next.
Looking forward to seeing what insight I can get out of this experience 🙂