(Bob Gower, Inc.) – You get the offer letter and feel a surge of hope. After a few rounds of negotiation, you take the job. You’re happy and optimistic, as are your new co-workers and managers.
If it turns out to be a good fit, you’ll feel challenged, rewarded, engaged, and even happy on the job. Even the frustrations will feel fruitful, because you’re a top performer and don’t want it to be easy.
But is the job serving you in creating the life you want? Are you thriving because you are working here, or is there something at the edge of your consciousness that doesn’t feel quite right?
If you’re not personally thriving even though you have a good job, it may be because there are some unseen forces at work. I don’t mean ghosts or wizards — I mean something called social contagion. It’s a powerful, mostly hidden force that exerts a powerful influence on our well-being.