The Searching Challenge
2020 is almost coming to an end and it made me reflect on the past months, which themed with one of the most common, yet, challenging tasks — searching!
On my search for a new job, an apartment, and a relationship (yes LinkedIn, I am talking about relationships), I realized that all three subjects have a few things in common.
The following notes should be relevant for those of you who are looking for a new job / a fresh apartment / or the perfect spouse but to be honest, once you will read it, you might clone this methodology to many other aspects of your own personal searching challenge:
- If you want to achieve real results, you must be fully dedicated. // Pro tip (this one should be relevant for apartment seekers): passive search is the worst! The best deals fly off the market faster than fresh hot buns.
- Be down to earth and aim for ambitious, yet achievable objectives. // Pro tip (and I will use a metaphor from the dating world): hitting the most beautiful girl/guy in the room can be tempting but can also break your heart.
- Pre-define deal breakers. // Pro tips for daters: if hamburgers are your favorite food, don’t waste time on a vegetarian.
- Aim for the long run. // Pro tip for the apartment seekers: moving into an apartment with the premise that you will move out in a few months (just until you’ll find your dream apartment…) is a waste of your energy.
- Trust your gut feelings. You should remember that even if you are not satisfied with the results, you always have the option to change.
- You are less likely to get distracted if you know what you are looking for.
// Pro tip for the job seekers: ask yourself where do you see yourself in 5–10 years from now. Make sure that your next job leads you to this place and leave aside opportunities that divert you from your goals.
- Karma is a b****.
- Be loyal to yourself and to those rules, and at the same time leave some space for unexpected luck. Try to be open-minded, spontaneous, so that when real opportunities will knock on your door, you will not be blinded by those rules.
The searching challenge meets us in so many aspects of our personal and professional life. Sometimes it gets frustrating and can drain the energy out of us. The good news is it is an acquired skill, and once you manage to control it, you get a whole new experience.