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February 3, 2019

The wonderful feeling of starting a new job


I have a good friend who has just started a new job. Yes, it's scary, and nerve-racking, but it's also wonderful and welcoming. If you're one of those people who has stayed with the same job all of your life (and there are people who are still putting in 20-30 years at the same job!), it's hard for me to describe, but I'm gonna try here. Yes, and scary and nerve-racking, but it's wonderful.

Walking into a new job means that you're filling a need. And it's not just a need for the company in a vague abstract way, it's a need for the people in a very human way. I've worked at jobs when the workload needed someone new, or someone who could actually do their job, and I know that I was very happy to see the "new guy" (male or female) start.

When you walk into a new job you really get the sensation of being a hero. The right person for the job! It's what I call the "where did this guy come from?" thing. You may be feeling nervous and anxious, but to the people there you have a wonderful glow about you, and there's music playing. Heroic music.

If you're starting a new job, you may not realize this. You may be concerned that your clothes aren't quite right, or that you really should have gotten a haircut. That is, you're feeling self-conscious and possibly a bit overwhelmed by it all. And if it's the right job, it should feel that it's a little bit more than you can do. You will rise up to the challenge, that's how it works. If it's way more than you can do, then of course it will fail, and you'll have to try again. But chances are it's not. Chances are it's just right for you.

So shake off the nerves, you'll be fine. You're a hero the moment you walk in the door. And don't worry about that, just focus on the job, be super conscientious about every detail, getting there on time, learning where the bathroom is, learning the names of your co-workers. It will take a while for you to get comfortable, but it will happen. And then some day in the future you will be part of the welcoming committee for the new person. And no one will have to tell you what to do - give them a smile, give them encouragement, welcome them. You know that they're a hero, but they don't know it yet.

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