Why am I working such long hours creating TPS reports?

Why am I working such long hours creating TPS reports?

It’s miserable day in and day out. You’re exhausted, you feel like an empty shell.

Most nights you’re ordering comfort food and binge-watching Netflix.

You try to recharge for as long as you can, knowing the grind that awaits you again tomorrow.

This sucks.

How did I end up here, exactly?

You trace it back in your mind, back to that pivotal day when you chose your major.

You’re not a trust fund baby, you’ve worked hard to get here. If you’re like me (and I suspect you are), you chose a major that would lead to a good paying job.

You’re smart, analytical, and not afraid of a challenge. Comp Sci, Finance, or something similar, was the way to go, right?

Fast forward a decade or so and you’re at the end of your rope.

You did what you were supposed to. You took the hard classes, got your foot in the door at a well known company, and worked your way up to a six-figure salary.

Then it happened. You started asking, “Is there more to life than this?”

Hello World. I’m Vik Mittal, and I know how scary it is to reinvent yourself because I’ve done it.

It seems like the odds are stacked against you. My experience contending with the same majors, same jobs, and same questions led me to become a Career Coach.

Now I help others just like you figure out what they are great at, what they enjoy doing, and how to combine the two to create a career they truly love.

So how did I arrive at my fulfilling career? It wasn’t easy…

Hello World. I’m Vik Mittal, and I know how scary it is to reinvent yourself because I’ve done it.

It seems like the odds are stacked against you. My experience contending with the same majors, same jobs, and same questions led me to become a Career Coach.

Now I help others just like you figure out what they are great at, what they enjoy doing, and how to combine the two to create a career they truly love.

So how did I arrive at my fulfilling career? It wasn’t easy…

The .com bust happened while I was getting my Computer Science degree.

With all the C++ programmers lying around, I was grateful for an IT job at Freddie Mac. It wasn’t glamorous but it paid the rent.

Then the mortgage bubble burst after I freed myself from text files and Unix shell scripts to become a pretty good credit risk analyst.

Now what? I couldn’t change careers again so soon.

Although MySpace was hiring…

But in all seriousness, I kept wondering what am I doing wrong? With all my brain power, why can’t I figure this out?

I felt like a failure after not achieving my career goals, financial goals, or personal goals when I turned 30.

I dreamed of breaking free of corporate life and becoming my own boss during every staff meeting. Unfortunately, I had too much instability in my life.

It wasn’t just the recession, I also had two parents battling cancer.

So I played it safe. Maybe if I moved higher up in an organization I could connect with people who actually cared, and have more authority to create my success.

I earned a Masters in Financial Management to get promoted. Armed with optimism and confidence from more education, I went back into the corporate world to try again.

I felt like a failure after not achieving my career goals, financial goals, or personal goals when I turned 30.

I dreamed of breaking free of corporate life and becoming my own boss during every staff meeting. Unfortunately, I had too much instability in my life.

It wasn’t just the recession, I also had two parents battling cancer.

So I played it safe. Maybe if I moved higher up in an organization I could connect with people who actually cared, and have more authority to create my success.

I earned a Masters in Financial Management to get promoted. Armed with optimism and confidence from more education, I went back into the corporate world to try again.

Three major life events would force me to completely change course.

My next job was a nightmare. I went after a safe, steady job and wound up surrounded by apathy and incompetence.

I pushed myself as hard as I could to finish my project. My resume couldn’t take any more damage from another resignation.  Similarly, my body couldn’t take any more damage either.

I was getting severe migraines from the stress and the toxic environment. And I became resistant to my afternoon snack of Excedrin and Mountain Dew.

Then one morning I woke up and realized enough was enough. I quit. I wasn’t going back to another salaried job ever again.

I took a year off to detox and go soul searching. My health improved, but I completely failed at finding my soul and discovering my life’s purpose.

The truth is, I didn’t have the awareness to see it even if it existed.

After a year, I burnt through my savings with no epiphany.

I crawled back to the corporate world. I felt like I was sent to prison to bang out license plates. At least I’ll be able to pay my bills.

I took a year off to detox and go soul searching. My health improved, but I completely failed at finding my soul and discovering my life’s purpose.

The truth is, I didn’t have the awareness to see it even if it existed.

After a year, I burnt through my savings with no epiphany.

I crawled back to the corporate world. I felt like I was sent to prison to bang out license plates. At least I’ll be able to pay my bills.

So now I’m contracting as a humble software tester.

I went from the worst organization I’d ever been a part of to the best one. I was on a great team of talented and intelligent people. I was working for managers I respected.

I was even recognized for my contributions at an awards ceremony – as a contractor!

This is great, right?!

So why am I STILL going home depleted? I had everything I’d ever wanted in a corporate job, and yet here I was, unhappy and unfulfilled.

At this same time, an old colleague reconnected with me.

It turns out that he left Freddie Mac to become a Strengths Leadership Coach.

This must be the sign I was looking for! I was inspired by his story. If he could successfully shift into a career he loves, then he could help me do the same!

Our sessions were life changing. I learned new thought patterns to overwrite the ones that weren’t working for me. I saw how hard I was on myself. I learned about self care, the value I bring to others, and what makes me special.

After a year, I knew how to be my best in service to others.

You can create an energizing and fulfilling career in less time, and with less money, than you think.

You can let that energy carry into your personal life to take better care of your health and to enjoy more time with family and friends.

You don’t need to switch jobs yet again, enroll in a $200,000 MBA program, or take a year off to go soul searching.

Instead, unlock your greatest talents and strategically chart a new course. You don’t have to do it alone – work with a coach who understands what you’re going through, and what you need, to design a custom fit career.

Why spend years of your life, or tens of thousands of dollars, only to still find yourself unhappy and unfulfilled at the end?

You can create an energizing and fulfilling career in less time, and with less money, than you think.

You can let that energy carry into your personal life to take better care of your health and to enjoy more time with family and friends.

You don’t need to switch jobs yet again, enroll in a $200,000 MBA program, or take a year off to go soul searching.

Instead, unlock your greatest talents and strategically chart a new course. You don’t have to do it alone – work with a coach who understands what you’re going through, and what you need, to design a custom fit career.

Why spend years of your life, or tens of thousands of dollars, only to still find yourself unhappy and unfulfilled at the end?

Imagine never having to ask yourself What should I be doing with my life?

That’s the clarity and confidence that awaits you.