Tuesday, June 30, 2009


A friend of mine recently recommended the book, 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch, to me.


It's a book about making tough decisions based on the 10-10-10 approach. The premise is about when your faced with a complex dilemma, stop and ask, "What will the consequences of my options be in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years?

Wow, I love the concept and it really has helped in trying to decide what step I should take if/when both job options are offered to me. In taking job #1 or #2, yes I know how it will effect me in 10 seconds, but how will my life be altered in 10 months and where do I see myself if I should stick with either for 10 years. In looking at job #1, I can truely see myself still working there in 10 years. I see myself being a successful administrator, making decent money for my family, and will have begun the set up to a great retirement fund for my family. In job #2, I'm not fully convinced I want to get my teacher certification and begin that profession. I love the profession, I think I would love doing it, but I'm not fully convinced.

Everyday my mind changes on what I want to do. One day I've fully convinced myself I should do job #1 and then I'll lay in bed and think about things and by the next day I've convinced myself it's job #2. I've changed my mind almost everyday. Who knows, maybe even after all this thought and stress about jobs one (or both for that matter) won't even be offered to me. I guess then I'll let fate take it's place.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I need someone to make the decision for me

As you know, I've been on the hunt for a full-time job for the past couple of months. I haven't really tried hard in finding a job because what I am doing now is going okay and I want to find the right fit for me. I've now potentially found 2 jobs that could come my way. They are completely opposite in fields and have totally different pros and cons. The pay is also WAY different. And, I have NO IDEA what to do. :(

Job #1 - better money, 45 minute commute, 2 man office and a lot of responsibilty, possibly a job I'll keep for many years. Did I say better money?? Yeah! Good benefits.

Job #2 - in the teaching field at my son's elementary school, pay is AWFUL. I'd be bringing in around the same amount of money I bring in now, would motivate me to possibly get my teacher certification and move forward with that dream. Insurance is paid 100% for me.

It's hard to get into specifics without going into more detail on what the jobs are and what I'd be doing, but I'd rather not delve into that right now. Neither job has been officially offered to me, but I have really good feelings on both them. Maybe in the end it will work itself out and maybe I won't get offered one of the jobs? If they both get offered then I've really got to decide where I want my future to be. Do I go with the money or do I go with something I love to do?

I know that honestly, as an outsider reading this it seems like a simple answer. Go with what you love. But, to me, it so much harder. I also love office admin type jobs as well and I know I'll be successful if I go that route too.

I guess I'll be back in a few weeks to post how it all goes.