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EP 49 – Quit My Job or Show More Grit?EP

Today’s question:

I’m in my mid-twenties and a professional in the medical field. I love what I do and its importance to society. But it’s an incredibly demanding field. I’m currently dealing with a short-staffed organization, exhausting shifts, and a manager who emotionally drains me. During a recent vacation, they went so far as to call me just to make me feel guilty for taking time off.

My qualifications are in high demand, and by all rights I should quit to take advantage of the current job market. Yet I feel guilty about the impact that would have on my co-workers and the clients I care for. What advice do you have on dealing with the anguish & anxiety that I’m feeling?

Nobody should feel anguish or animosity at work. At least not on a daily basis. But you are right to check yourself, especially when it can lead to a career & lifestyle altering decision. Is what you’re experiencing a case of organizational toxicity you should leave, or a sign you might lack the grit the job requires?

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EP 48 – Suburban Savages

We’re facing a crisis of civility in our civilization. From my perspective in the suburbs of New York City, I’m struck by the carelessness with which some suburbanites treat others. Suburbs are meant to provide more space, quiet, and ideally a community of neighbors you can actually get to know. On this episode, I’ll attempt to unpack my feelings towards these Suburban Savages and some of the root causes that permit them to thrive.

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EP 47 – Figment’s Five

I recently returned from a family trip to Disney World. While I enjoyed the trip, it was overshadowed by the tragedies in Israel. I struggled with the juxtaposition between human joy and the knowledge that others elsewhere were suffering horrible atrocities.

These issues were on my mind while waiting in line at the Imaginarium at Epcot. While I waited to introduce the kids to Figment, there was a sign off to the side that struck me. The sign reiterated the core messages of Figment: That we should all Explore, Create, Dream, Imagine, and Inspire.

It’s a challenge to feel creative, to find joy and purpose during difficult times. And these five reminders from Figment struck me as vital ideals. By living them, despite our circumstances and surroundings, we can help create a better world. It’s a message I hope my children never get too jaded to forget.

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