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Just got a note from one of our peers in HR.  She's bored.  I get it, sometimes you get in a rut and have to shake it up.

I'm a big believer that everyone has a shelf life at any organization/career they choose.  Once you reach that shelf life, you have to reinvent yourself to get interested again, or you should probably jump to another opportunity.

It's like the honest quote provided by my oldest son when he was 4 years old.  We're sitting around the dinner table in classic American style.  We're having a pasta dish that's a recurring menu item in our household, and this is what he says out of the blue:

"It's the same old shit".

He said it so honestly and with no malicious intent, so all we could do is laugh.

Kids.  Where did he hear that?  Me?  You?  Cartoons?  The Dennis Leary disc that his dad has in the CD player?  Was he listening when I thought he was asleep?

Pure honesty.  What a kid.  He'll learn to mask that window to the soul, lest the world crushes him like a grape.

Actually, I hope he never loses that.  Reinvent yourself when you feel like that at work, or get the heck out.  

Don't be a victim to the SOS.



So true Kris. I feel like I've hit my shelf life and am trying to figure out how to reclaim the fire in my belly for my work. So much of it just seems like the SOS. Your post really hit me and made me realize what I already knew, but haven't been willing to admit. I have to either reinvent myself or move on. Thanks for the kick in the pants!

Robert Hatta

Since there is no "like" button, just posting that I liked this.


Reminds me of a time a few years ago when my son, then 4, was riding with me. At one point some other car did some stunt, and I hit the brakes and changed lanes, neither hard, but abruptly. From the backseat comes a voice, "fu**in' dammit".
All I could do was laugh. Then tell him not to say that in front of his mom.


This really hits home. I've been in HR/Corporate Recruiting for the past 12 1/2 years. I've recently been feeling like I've hit that shelf life. Maybe it's the fact that I just turned 41 as well but...the job feels like the SOS.

If anyone has any ideas for reinventing yourself especially these days I'm totally open to any ideas you might have.


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