Are YOU a Professional Misfit?
Have you had 3 or more “professions” in a 3-20+ year period?
Do you have various degrees, certifications, promotions that required you taking some sort of exam and developing professional skills?
I’ve had 4 professions. Entertainment/comedy, fitness/exercise, nursing, education.
What’s a “Professional Misfit”?
For us, a “professional misfit” is first a professional, in the way the we studied, worked & earned our credentials, but we are sometimes challenging to work with. People who we work with see us as “trouble makers”, “odd”, “opinionated”, “non-compliant”.
We are pretty good at something. Often more than one thing, I’ll get to that later.
Because of this, we get paid pretty good too, a “professional fee”.
BUT – we don’t necessarily like what we’re doing. We get good at something else. Earn a “professional fee” again, but still don’t like what we’re doing. We try something new, master it, become that professional in it… and we keep on repeating this. Often we “step in shit”, as people say. Which means someone who is “lucky” or “get breaks” all the time. I think we are kind of like Forrest Gump (the movie version).
We are the “Forrest Gump” of professionals.
Are you the “Forrest Gump” of professionals?
Well, it’s nice to connect with you.
Have you seen the movie Forrest Gump? It’s one of my favorite movies. Even though Forrest, played by Tom Hanks, is “slow”, [what my mother would call “dull-normal” (that’s for another blog post)] he has “favor” in his life because he is a simple man who simply can’t be pretentious.
A man who has his friend’s back.
A man who keeps his promises.
A man who gives, gives, gives… without even knowing it.
A man who tells it like it is.
A man who actually saw/experienced/appreciated nature’s beauty.
A man who falls in love (for life).
He has all kinds of great jobs and experiences and ends up having the best job in the world… being a dad.
I know Forrest Gump’s actions and decisions influenced some significant historical events in the movie that we may never do. After all, it is a movie.
Just an analogy I made to better explain a part of being a professional misfit.
Go watch the movie.
Still not sure if you’re a professional misfit like us? Here is more clarification for you:
- It’s not about having 3 jobs at once or “how many jobs can I have” game. It’s more about, over time, different professions you’ve had. But couldn’t keep.
- You have had 3 or more than major jobs, with substantial training (ie: where internship, degree, license, certification required)
- These jobs can be just 3 years to 2o years in an industry. (What that means is that you could have different jobs, (moving around within your industry) but you are still in the same industry. Or you could have had jobs in 3 or more different industries like me.)
- You have been written up
- You have been fired or asked to resign
- You don’t have many or any “friends” at your job or even in your chosen field (by friend, I mean someone you would spend the weekend with)
- You’ve been told, on occasion, that you’re “unprofessional”
- There’s always a mental “deal breaker” you have at a job and you will not waiver when it’s broken… You quit.
- Does your story start with “I’ve been a __________________ for 25 years” (fill in the blank) but you’re still trying to figure out what you want to do when you grow up.
- You have skills. Killer skills. You, for the most part have the “training” of a professional. But you know you can and should apply them (your skills) in another way than intended. Think more about your experience during the years of study & work to obtain those skills, more than the “paper” you received at the end.
- You think you may have adult ADD because you can’t stay at one place very long before you start to get bored or even ill at the current job.
- You know it’s you who’s the “odd ball”, “trouble maker”, “question asker” and not the other folks you work with. You can’t fight “City Hall” is the feeling you have when leaving your past jobs.
- You have taken on another personality or developed (like I have) a “persona” to get through work. No, you don’t need medication. You are actively, consciously acting like someone else to get through what you are doing.
Yes? To most of the above? Can you identify with the above statements?
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