Back to traditional workforce

After a 6 month break from traditional work and travelling, I’m back in the workforce and… I have mixed feelings!

Firstly, I need to point out that I did find a job that I love doing (phew!) so that’s a HUGE positive note!

However intense the position that I’ve assumed is, it’s definitely so fun and challenging. I missed having to continuously track down and solve issues for a living!

Obviously I enjoy this, but lets be honest: I was forced to get a job in order to reach my long term goals.

Speaking of goals, I purposefully wanted to cooperate with this company due to their amazing reputation and high standards. I didn’t expect that as a bonus, they would provide me with opportunities that fall within my long term goals though!

It almost feels like my decisions happen to get me a step closer to my goals, even if there’s not a direct link to them at the time that I make the call.

Am I physic?!

Some people would say it’s God’s work, or The Secret, instinct, Karma and some would say I’m just very focused and calculative.

But in all honesty, I’m just doing what makes me happy, as well as what I feel like is worth my time and energy at the time.

It’s sometimes isolating, but this seems to successfully weed out situations and people that I consider a waste for my life time. I say ‘seems’ because I was never 100% sure that this would get me anywhere as it wasn’t what everyone around me was doing.

I’ve been doing this for the past 2-3 years and I now clearly see that it’s working!

It’s literally what Steve Jobs was saying:

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.

Steve Jobs (Stanford commencement speech, June 2005)

Getting back into a traditional work setting, especially one that you enjoy, is not the worse thing that could happen. I know.

What made the transition hard was the fact that I no longer decide my working hours and I don’t have the freedom to get on the next plane to anywhere.

I can still follow my hobbies, but it’s all too restrictive compared to my life in the past 6 months.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind working.

In fact, most days I get so sucked in that I forget to eat after breakfast! When I’m focused on anything that I love doing, I have this voice in my head that keeps saying “a bit more, just a tiny bit more”.

So having a set amount of hours to work as an employee actually feels like a break for me

At first, I felt like a trapped bird and I had even set a deadline for my escape, but it’s suddenly looking like exactly what I needed.

As you know, I’m a proponent of exploring mental and physical limits, ideas and activities that interests me, as well as exploring a variety of educational paths for the sake of learning for fun.

That’s because I know for a fact that we are an ever evolving animal, that is capable for much more than what we think.

With the trail of today’s thoughts I proved myself that had I not decided to entertain the idea of working at this specific company, I would not have the future opportunities that are now at my reach. And this makes me feel like I’m not crazy for doing things my way.

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Fifty years ago, K. Zilles defined Neuroplasticity as “the ability to make adaptive changes related to the structure and function of the nervous system”.

Over a century ago, Santiago Ramón y Cajal noticed the “neuronal plasticity” of the brain. This is something that was not considered even possible back then. Naturally, this was met with criticism as it was thought that we are born with a set amount of neurons that once destroyed, can never be reproduced or replenished in any way.

If you are interested in knowing more about why I’m sure that we all have the ability to grow and evolve much more than we know click here to read more about the published research done on Neuroplasticity the past 50 years.
[Keep in mind that the idea was first referenced over 130 years old though.]

Nicole Vassiliou the author of Go Explore Nicole website in red, looking at the camera.


Keep exploring and evolving!
Nicole x

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