How To Free Yourself From The 'Golden Handcuff Effect'
March 26, 2013
This article is part of an exclusive month-long program on CAREEREALISM to help readers break free of The Golden Handcuff Effect. Click HERE to learn more about the Professional Emancipation Project, a.k.a. The P.E.P. Talk. Do you find yourself feeling chained to job that brings tangible benefits but no fulfillment? Is fear of leaving great benefits or a prestigious title at your current job keeping from seeking career opportunities that bring you real joy? If you answered yes, you are a victim of the Golden Handcuff Effect. You fear losing your sense of security in your current situation albeit miserable for you to live through each day. Before you resign yourself to a life of career misery, I encourage you to look at your current situation from a different perspective. We spend in excess of one third of every work day at our jobs and spend between 40 – 50 years in the workforce at the very least. We spend a large portion of our lives working. Holding a job that brings you no growth or joy will be just that—a job. When you spend your day doing the things you enjoy and getting paid for doing so, you have a career. So, how do you free yourself from this “Golden Handcuff Effect” and transition your working life to a rewarding career? First, start by asking yourself a few important questions: