So yesterday a coworker flew out from Boston to do some work in Oakland with a big customer. I drove up to join him.
We had a fabulous time! It is so true that if you associate with happy people, you'll be a happy person too. I talk so often about how dissatisfied I am with my job, but perhaps it's expressly because I'm 2000 miles away from my manager and our team is scattered all over, and I have no examples to follow of people who like my job and are successful at it and confident in their own abilities.
Jim's a decade or so older than me (maybe a little more), but he's friendly, kind, encouraging, confident, happy...in short, all the qualities I wish I had in this position I have right now. He deals with customers with professionalism, grace, charm, wit, intelligence, and technical knowledge. I deal with them with blank stares. Ok, that's not quite true. I'm not THAT bad, but...I wanna be like Jim!
I feel like this whiny new recruit next to him (despite the fact that I'm approaching 30 rather rapidly), but he seems to appreciate my company, for which I'm most grateful.
It was just the most encouraging day!
I wish I had a role model out here whom I could work with every day. I don't. I'm left to my own devices and therefore have no metric from day to day to determine if I'm doing what I should be doing it, how I should be doing it.
So I guess I'm still looking for work, but after yesterday, I'm not in such a panic to leave.