How do you stay positive at work?

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How do you stay positive at work when you're tired, disengaged and unmotivated?

In my early performance reviews, everyone commented that I had a great attitude, but I feel the resentment building, despite reminding myself that I'm getting paid a lot and I'm lucky to have a job that opens doors.

Does anyone have any suggestions of how to stay positive and enthusiastic at work? I've firmly decided not to pursue a career in PE or investment banking, but I want to be more engaged at work for my own benefit as well as that of my colleagues. It's harder than I thought it would be though.

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Nov 1, 2016

Take a moment to really focus on the good things as they come. Personally, I think you can only get so much happiness out of work itself and need to focus on other areas to be happy. Here's a good article from the Atlantic about building a happier brain/life:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10...

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Nov 1, 2016

Happiness is all relative. Someone on WSO (really wish I remembered who) once said that happiness=reality-expectations. In other words, your happiness is directly influenced by how much reality exceeds your expectations. If it's the hours keeping you down, just keep in mind that there are millions of people who work just as many, if not more, hours and get paid less than $50,000 per year. That does not mean that you are not entitled to complain, but it should put things in perspective. Good luck.

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Nov 1, 2016

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/just-turned-...
There you go. Just for the record, he didn't come up with that, though.

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Nov 1, 2016

Hahaha. Not gonna lie...I've been trying to find that thread for months. +SB

Nov 1, 2016

I like this Alan Watts clip, a lot ... take a listen

"Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way"

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Nov 1, 2016

Damn, this is an amazing video.

Nov 1, 2016

I actually first heard this sampled on the Incredible True Story album by Logic, and i could not figure out for the life of me who had originally said it (sadly too lazy to internet). Thanks SB+1

Nov 1, 2016

The song name is also the Incredible True Story, btw. That whole album is pretty great.

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Nov 1, 2016

read shawn achor's the happiness advantage. you'll go through points in life where you're down, the lessons here have helped me out.

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Nov 1, 2016

Whenever I'm feeling deflated at work, I look down at the Gucci loafers hugging my feet and remind myself that I could be elsewhere right now sporting some cheap-as-shit square-toes. That always cheers me up

Nov 7, 2016
Lizard Brain:

Whenever I'm feeling deflated at work, I look down at the Gucci loafers hugging my feet and remind myself that I could be elsewhere right now sporting some cheap-as-shit square-toes. That always cheers me up

different but good approach to remain positive

Nov 1, 2016

Usually just go yank one

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Nov 7, 2016

My through-childhood dog died when I graduated college.

Nov 7, 2016

My girlfriend's sister gave me a rusty trombone last night.

Nov 7, 2016

For the Life Doesn't Suck Everywhere stories, we have
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/funny-how-th...

Nov 7, 2016
dipset1011:

Example......a kid that went to a community college and went straight into IBD.

haha. Dipset, if I told you I knew someone who did that, I really doubt it would cheer you up

Nov 7, 2016
drexelalum11:
dipset1011:

Example......a kid that went to a community college and went straight into IBD.

haha. Dipset, if I told you I knew someone who did that, I really doubt it would cheer you up

LOL your right........but seriously anyone...anyone..Beuller?? anyone??? there has to be a story of a CC kid making it to an interview or a SA position. Or whats the most extreme outlier that you guys have come across?

Nov 7, 2016

www.fmylife.com

One I liked: "Today, I was babysitting this one year old. She just learned how to say yes so if you asked her ANYTHING, she'd say yes. I asked her if she liked vegetables and she said "yes!" Then I asked her if I was pretty... she looked at me and said "NO.""

Nov 7, 2016

Is a, success in banking, story the only thing that will cheer you up? Geez, there must be some stupid Lifetime movie you can go watch on TV, like "I Left my Heart in Georgia" staring Alan Thicke and Betty White (totally just made that up, don't waste your time looking it up). Recipe for a Lifetime movie = sappy title + washed up actors.

I digress, if it's really a feel good story you want though, go walk an energy floor. People from schools I've never even heard of all over the place from BO ops to FO trading.

Nov 1, 2016

Read "The Happiness Equation" and do a google search for the term "Ikigai."

How is my grammar? Drop me a note with any errors you see!

Nov 7, 2016
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Nov 2, 2016

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