We are often pummeled with advice about our relationships.
It can come from friends and family, or from strangers on the internet.
It happens whether we’re coupled up or single, and could take the form of requested counsel or unsolicited input.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll promptly roll your eyes in response to these overused phrases and carry on with your day.
However, here’s a thought to consider: Rather than attempting to apply this insight to your Tinder profile, how about applying it to your professional one?
Here are four terribly cliche pieces of relationship advice that may actually apply better to your career:
1. Put yourself out there.
Kicking things off with my least-favorite, “putting yourself out there” is significantly more useful when it comes to the job world.
Extending beyond the concept of making connections, “putting yourself out there” is about showcasing yourself and your personal brand.
Unsure of your personal brand? No problem. Start small by honing in on your top skills, and broadcasting them.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself out there in the dating world – but try exerting that energy toward your professional life as well.
Plus, networking and dating are strangely similar – so why not master both?
2. Never settle.
We are frequently told not to settle in a relationship, and the same holds true for our career.
When working your way up the corporate ladder, it’s inevitable that you’ll deal with some BS here and there. And that’s okay – to an extent.
While “paying your dues” is unavoidable, there comes a point when it’s critical to stop and reflect.
Is there a severe lack of professional development? Is there little to no room for growth? Do you feel like your company just doesn’t value you?
Much like finding yourself in a shitty relationship, recognize when it’s time to know your worth and move on.
3. Be clear about what you want.
Just like being upfront about what you’re looking for in a relationship, you should be just as candid when it comes to your job.
Carefully outline your career goals, and assess how your current (or future) position can help you get there.
During a job interview, don’t hold back when the employer asks you to describe what you’re seeking in a role.
Be cognizant of your vision, and make choices that help steer you in that direction.
Just like getting stuck in a situationship because you won’t disclose your feelings, you’ll be stuck in a dead-end job if you don’t disclose your ambitions.
4. Pursue other passions.
You know those obnoxious couples who are pretty much attached at the hip? Don’t be that annoying employee who’s pretty much attached to their desk.
It’s important to have other passions and engage in hobbies outside of work, as this will prevent the chance of burnout.
If you let yourself get too consumed by your job responsibilities, you’ll begin to lose sight of your purpose outside of the office.
Wrapping things up with one last cliche, I give you this: Never stop working on yourself.
You can take all right steps to be happy, but it will never work if you let your job or relationship define you.