The Power (and Lies) of Comfort

Laying Down

Are you comfortable right now? No, I'm not talking about your ergonomic chair, or orthotic shoe inserts. I'm talking about the place you spend more than 40 hours a week. Do you go into work knowing exactly what the day is going to hold? Are you enjoying your time as a point of contact whenever something - anything - goes wrong?

I’m not comfortable in my job, and for the longest time, I thought that it was a bad thing. I thought I was incapable of learning new processes and reading people. I thought I couldn’t do math (well, I still can’t). I thought there was something wrong with me.

But I realized – comfort is usually disguised as complacency. Knowing everything isn’t necessarily a good thing. In order to grow and mature, we constantly need to be stimulated; whether it’s by learning a new process, meeting new clients, or solving a problem with the office coffeemaker. I don’t know everything in my job, which makes me uncomfortable. But it also makes me more agile, more willing to learn, and it keeps me humble.

Though it’s not the greatest confidence booster for my “know-it-all” personality type, as a younger person still creating their career, discomfort is king.

How about those more “experienced” types – have you stayed uncomfortable in your career? Was it worth it?