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Is your current job using your full mental, creative, innovative, or other type of skill that’s really important to you for being fulfilled in your career?

No?

Want some advice?

Quit complaining and really exploit the situation. At least for right now.

Seem like a bizarre strategy?

In the past I would have thought so, but not anymore.

At one point, I considered a less than mentally taxing job something to be avoided at all costs or quickly fixed if it happened to develop. Having experienced a little more of life, however, my perspective has changed.  Now, I’d recommend using your current situation as an opportunity to apply your untapped talents and energy into innovating your next phase of life.

Discussing this topic with several people uncovered quite a few instances where being able to deliver results while mentally coasting in a day job allowed someone to devote extra mental capacity to develop a new product, business model,  or talent. Those efforts led to much more exciting and stimulating opportunities. Plus, being able to do the building with the cash flow a regular gig provides made risk taking that much more manageable strategy.

So if you’re feeling stuck in your job, redefine your situation. Get on top of whatever “box” you think you’re stuck in, and use it as an innovative strategy development platform from which you’ll leap into whatever will be your incredibly innovative future!  – Mike Brown

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Mike Brown

Founder of The Brainzooming Group, and an expert on strategy, creativity, and innovation. Mike is a frequent speaker on innovation, strategic thinking, and social media.

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  • http://www.syzygy-co.com Kami Guildner

    Great advice Mike! Time is a gift… I found this out personally a few years ago – and will be eternally grateful for this gift! Time gives you the opportunity to ponder your strengths, your talents, your values and then realign your life. I say this today with a big smile and great joy, knowing I was able to find a path was grounded in me and my passions!

  • Mike Brown

    Hey Kami – thanks for commenting!

    I always encourage people, even if they think they’re completely set in what they’re doing, to think about alternatives and options. For me, this had been particularly important as a one-income family. The dependency on one revenue stream certainly got me thinking about how you keep multiple potential plans going along with what the current plan is.

    Congratulations in your new business, and hope it’s going well!