7 Uncomfortable Job Truths 90% of People Spend Their Entire Lives Avoiding

Massively short read because executive summaries are actually underrated beauties.

Karthik Rajan

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90% of the people
  1. You got a job because there’s a need to fill and you were the right person at the right time. Don’t tie your self worth to your job. Luck, timing and serendipity play a massive role in life.
  2. There is nothing called a secure job. It’s your perception that carries more weight than reality.
  3. Your fancy job title impresses no one except the ones who are easily impressed (and who may not matter in the real world except for your ego).
  4. Perfect bosses don’t exist. Expectation of a perfect boss sure does. And no two people have the exact same definition. The reality is bosses are flawed individuals, just like you. Look for their strengths and double leverage that.
  5. What got you there, may not sustain you there. Have you heard of the Peter principle? People are promoted based on their success in previous jobs until they reach a level at which they are no longer competent. Please adapt as you get promoted.
  6. It’s less about who you know and more about who knows you (and who are naturally inclined to put in a good word when needed.)
  7. You are defined by the people you surround yourself with. “One cannot consider a profession without taking into account the average of the people who enter it, not the sample of those who have succeeded in it.” — Nassim Taleb, Fooled by Randomness
  8. Extra bonus: Everyone is in a sales job. Job of selling your skills and outputs.

Sidebar: for your next read, my medium post on “mundane job interview questions” made it to top of google search with three candid disclosures

  1. zero effort on my part on marketing
  2. pure focus on contrarian content that’s true
  3. I am grateful for getting lucky

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Karthik Rajan

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