For the last few months I’ve been giving some heavy thought about “doing something else” where it comes to work.The reason for this was that I’m not overly happy with the work that I am doing. That sentence however doesn’t give a lot of information; not overly happy with which parts of the work exactly?!
I had a few answers: “Feeling like just another cog in the machine.” Or: “Not being impassioned about what I do.”
Those were correct, but they still only tell part of the story…
Before sitting down to write this, I was sitting down and reading. About startups, building your own business, the highs and the lows, what to do and which mistakes to avoid.
This was all new information. It was something I had never been interested in before, something I hadn’t taken the time to delve into. And just reading up, taking in new information, I realized one important thing that was missing from my current work.
I wasn’t learning much anymore.
When I first got into modelling I hadn’t a clue about what I was doing, didn’t understand how to structure a project, how to talk to the business, where to find the latest statistical techniques. I knew a bit of mathematics and a bit of programming and that was it.
Sure, every model, every project is different. But the differences are in the nuances, not the big picture.
And so what was once exciting, has become tedious (boring even!).
I feel like a cog in the machine. It feels as though my work doesn’t matter very much. But most of all, it feels as though I’m doing the same things over and over.
I’ll read a few more books and give that “something else” a bit more thought…
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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