Contentment does not mean Complacent

These days it seems like people jump from job to job (called spring boarding) all in the hopes for more money, benefits, prestige or a myriad of reasons. Long gone are the days when you would begin and end your professional career with the same company.

I am also not too naive to recognize and appreciate the fact that those companies that people would give 20-30 years of their life to are few and far between. Companies that truly value the employee and recognize that growth may not have happened without them.

Those companies do exist and when you find one, you can rest in the fact that if you are contributing to the growth and success of the company, you will be rewarded with some sort of compensation. That compensation could be a pay raise, promotion, additional benefits or even recognition. That fact of the matter would be simply this; You are very happy where you are working and the company you are working for values you and your contributions. You both work hard to move toward the future and it is evident. This would be contentment, you are happy. Plain and simple, no need to move on to another company and even no desire to see what’s out there.

There is an explanation why people like to hold the remote control when watching TV. Basically it has nothing to do with the current show they are watching. The reason they want the remote is so they can see what else is on TV. They may be happy with the current show but they always want to know if there is something better to watch and there is the lack of contentment and they want more or better.

Don’t confuse complacent with contentment. If you cannot stand going to work every day, the people are terrible and there is discord, do something about it or simply become complacent and do nothing. If that’s you and you are frustrated then move on to see what else is out there or figure out a way to be content where you are. Nobody wants to do something they don’t want to do. The question you have to ask yourself is whether you are content or complacent.

Read our blog about pain and pleasure here.

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