There’s a big difference between finding the perfect job and getting complacent in an easy job, though they’re easily mistaken. Of course, it’s important to feel good about the job you’re in and to avoid environments where you feel unwelcome and unengaged, but you also don’t want to rest on your laurels and stop growing once you feel you’ve reached a comfy spot.
If you’re wondering if you’re too comfortable in your job and need to seek out fresh experiences, ask yourself some of the following questions:
- When was the last time you learned something new?
- When was the last time your routine changed?
- Who was the last new contact or friend you’ve tapped for a talk?
- Where was the last new place you’ve eaten?
You may not be realizing that you haven’t stretched yourself in a while or taken a risk. If you’re not taking risks and getting outside your comfort zone, you’re passing up prime opportunities for learning and growth.
If you’re comfortable being comfortable, the inevitable innovation train may leave the station without you. As technology has accelerated industry change, your lack of change and reliance on the same old same old may cost you your job. Companies keep agile employees who are eager to grow and adapt to changing markets and landscapes.