Pick a boss. Not a job.

2 years ago I landed an awesome gig in Munich, Germany. It was an all-expenses paid assignment, the job description sounded awesome, and I would be living in Europe! What!

I couldn’t have asked for a better dream job.

Unfortunately, my boss was a first-time manager. He overloaded me with busy work, didn’t let me use my strengths, and micro-managed me constantly. There were several days where I was working from 9am to 3am doing work I knew had little impact on the business.

What should’ve been a dream job turned into a very stressful experience.

It was a friendly reminder when you’re looking for you next gig – Pick a good boss, not a good job.A good boss will teach you secrets only top-performers know, give you assignments you love, and tweak job responsibilities to match your strengths. As long as you’re getting your job done – they will make sure you get a ton of satisfaction from the work you do.

A good boss will teach you secrets only top-performers know, give you assignments you love, and tweak job responsibilities to match your strengths. As long as you’re getting your job done – they will make sure you get a ton of satisfaction from the work you do.

Even if you’re an entrepreneur, where your customers are your boss, this lesson still holds true. Make sure you’re helping clients that you enjoy being around. Even if the pay is good, company mission is awesome, and location ideal – if you don’t like your customers (boss), you will hate your company.

So when you’re looking for your next gig, don’t just read job descriptions, do your homework on your boss and make sure it’s a good match – for you and your well-being.

As for my manager in Munich – luckily we were able to work it out, he became a much better manager, and we’ve since ended up good friends.

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