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I Hate My Job! Should I Quit?
Michelle: G’day. I’m Michelle, and welcome to Thank God It’s Friday! This week we have
another legendary lady joining us. Christie Henderson,
Michelle: Now, I’ve been lucky enough to know Christie for a number of years, and what
struck me most about her legendary status is her incredible
courage to keep working her way through different situations until she’s really found success
and happiness. So Christie, tell us a little bit about your journey.
Christie: I started in a nursing degree, decided I didn’t want to do that after one year.
And then I moved into tourism marketing and was there
for the whole time, graduated in that, and decided that that
wasn’t for me either. And then did a graduate law degree and ended up in quite a big firm
after I finished, and thought that was going to be the dream
job, the place I wanted to be. And I ended up hating it—it
wasn’t for me at all—and had the courage to move back to a small firm. And now I really
enjoy my work.
Michelle: What’s going through your head during that process?
Christie: Definitely failure. This is the position a lot of people would strive for,
so to give it up was hard. And especially telling your colleagues
in that role, they couldn’t believe what I was doing. They
thought I was stupid and it was the biggest mistake ever, and I got further job offers
to stay in the big firm in more senior roles, and things like that.
But I just knew the environment, the clients, the colleagues, just
wasn’t the place for me. And it did take me a year to make that move, so it’s not
an easy move. But I’m glad I did it.
Michelle: As you’re going through that process of trying to make that decision, what were
the things you found most helpful? Like you talk about
a year sort of being in that position, what helped to tip you
forward in the end?
Christie: I sought life coaching from yourself, and I was able to identify what was working
and what wasn’t working. And the biggest thing was
stepping back, taking an objective look at what I was doing and
how I was performing in my role, and seeing where I was excelling and where I wasn’t.
And it was highlighting those bits that I was excelling
at and then finding a position that matched those skills.
Michelle: And as part of that, I know it was really helpful to discover what your strengths
were. How important was it to imagine what success now
looked like? Because part of what you’re talking about
there is you had this vision of success of working in this large firm and doing the law
which you love, and then you get there, realize that’s not it.
How do you re-imagine success?
Christie: It’s tough, because you have this perception of what is going to be great. And
I guess, especially in law when you’re studying,
there’s a lot of preconceptions about what is success. And I think
it’s bringing it back to the basics of what’s success within yourself, and what’s going
to make you happy and therefore be successful. And that’s
not always what the outside world or society may say is
Michelle: So it’s finding those things intrinsically, sort of value your own compass, and imagining
a new definition of success around that rather
than what other people might have prescribed.
Christie: That’s exactly right.
Michelle: Thank you so much for being with us Christie. Now, knowing without doing is
a waste of your time, and you’re much too smart for
that. So take this week’s challenge and step it up. What’s your
definition of success? Take a few minutes now and reflect on are you actually chasing
extrinsic goals, things that other people are saying you should
want, or do you have your compass set around the things
that you internally value. Head on over to michellemcquaid.com, tell us what success
looks like for you, and see what others are saying.
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stay strong. You are good enough, and the world needs you to shine your light in the
way that only you can. Now if you know a legendary lady who’s
inspiring you to step it up, make sure you let us know. We’d
love to interview them. Until next week, thanks for watching ChelleMcQuaid TV, take care.
Michelle: I’ve been sitting here all day talking to myself, just going, no, that’s
Christie: Start again. Start again. Cut!
Michelle: Cut! I Hate My Job! Should I Quit?