The Gift of Discomfort

Some have the goal of wanting to live a comfortable life.  That’s groovy.  Comfort is indeed a lofty goal – to find that set of preferences that are just right for you, until the ultimate man-cave is complete.  Sure, why not?  Especially in a home, find your comfort.

Professionally?  Get that out of my face.  Nobody appreciates the comfortable employee.  “I’m just the mechanic, I don’t do nothing else.”  I’d write reverse work recommendations for that guy if he ever had to change jobs (by force, of course, considering he’d never want to move.)

In fact, everyone should be uncomfortable for a lot of the time.  I don’t know why, but there’s a large push even in child education not to make people “uncomfortable.”

Oh, don’t make that person go on stage, he has stage fright.  Oh, that person doesn’t like writing, can we give him the test orally instead?  Wow he’s so smart now!  He got an A on the test!

Not if it’s a WRITING test, smarty pants!

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“We want people who only do what they’re trained to do, and never do anything that makes them uncomfortable.” – No Employer Ever

How we handle discomfort is how we are judged as adults.  Unless you think you’ve experienced everything you need to experience by junior year.  Being an adult is doing things you don’t want to do in places you don’t want to be in order to get where you want to go.

You think in college you’ll have done everything before?  You think in college you won’t have to risk embarassment in front of your entire class?  You think the work world wants someone who won’t risk discomfort?  Are you going to just work “comfortable jobs,” – which, at entry level, reside comfortably on a list above the words “None, you idiot” – ?

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I remember when being around people unwilling to risk themselves and put themselves out there was a daily thing, and let me tell you it was the hardest thing in the world to respect someone who resented the world for not bringing itself to them.  They would wonder why they didn’t get good things or recognition for ambition, and would even feel and express resentment and jealousy for those around them who did put themselves out there.  I’ve long since cut those people from my life – or in some cases, was fortuitous enough to be cut from theirs due to that same resentment.

My response now can be best expressed through the words of Thomas Jefferson:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

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