“I can’t do this, I’m outa here.” If I had a nickel every time I’ve uttered that phrase over the last five years, I would be in a different tax bracket.
Nobody likes to suck.
Nobody likes to have to start from the bottom. Nobody likes to be clueless.
Nobody wants to feel stupid.
Nobody wants that groundless sensation when you finally “go live” on your new position.
Such a humbling, soul crushing, experience.
All the new systems, the new hours, the strange people, the layers of passwords, workarounds and steps.
They pelt you with new jargon, new rules, and after they think they’ve got you, new penalties.
You are having your brain rewired and it hurts.
At this point, onboarding feels like waterboarding.
Right now, everyone is smarter than you. That’s different.
Even the mouth breather who couldn’t pass a random drug test is dazzling you with his casual, effortless grace at the very thing you find impossible.
You stare at him and wonder what special qualities he must have been endowed with at birth.
Even though your new employer is patient and confident that you have the right stuff, and are the right person for the job, all the mistakes and fumbling around in the dark can wear you down.
You come home beaten and discouraged some days, and you don’t want to go to bed because more of the same is waiting for you when you wake up.
This is the time to be extra good to yourself and let patience be your guide.
Find something to enjoy in the process. Focus on the new, interesting people.
And don’t forget the folks who were kind to you and took the time to help you in your time of need.
Everyone else had to go through it, even that idiot savant who wreaks of the devil’s lettuce.
Yes, it sucks. And at this point, you suck.
My advice: Suck harder, and the joy, ease and lightness that comes from mastering a difficult skill will soon be yours.
I’ve found from my own experiences that the tougher the job is to learn in the beginning, the more rewarding the job will be down the road.
It’s called mastery and it feels wonderful.
Ask me how I know. 🙂
P.S And don;t forget to help that poor schlump who follows you in.