Leaving a “Groundhog Day” Job Behind: 3 Tips

Posted on 02-02-2015 by
Tags: career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills

“I wake up every day, right here in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February second, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”

That’s Phil Connors explaining his rather odd predicament in the movie Groundhog Day where he is stuck repeating the same monotonous day over and over again. While the movie’s premise seems almost as ridiculous as the holiday it’s based on, managing our careers is one of the biggest places where we experience this time loop in our lives.

Author Dave Ramsey, of the blog daveramsey.com, offers 3 tips for anyone stuck in a “Groundhog Day” job, and how to leave it behind.

1.  Make the main thing the main thing.

Before you can act on your main thing, you’ve got to identify the little things that are distracting you from your story. Recognize that those little things aren’t holding you back, and do some digging to figure out what is.

2. You can only control yourself.

Sometimes, you can’t change your circumstances such as where you live and your personal life outside of work, but you can change yourself. Work on fixing your main thing and see where it leads. You can’t expect to improve your career if you’re unwilling to improve yourself.

3. Change takes time, so start today!

What you do today will have a direct result on where your career is in 10 years—and every day you wait to get started pushes the finish line that much farther away. So don’t wait! If you can identify the main thing holding you back and commit to working on yourself, you’re ready.

And, I will leave you with a fun fact Dave included in his article: According to the movie’s director, Phil repeats Groundhog Day for a total of 10 years.


Posted on : 6 Feb 2015 12:19 PM

I loved all the tips mentioned here and specially the 3rd tip. Better late then never!

Rachel Poritz
Rachel Poritz
Posted on : 2 Feb 2016 10:02 PM

I think this is really valuable.  It's important to engage in constant self-evaluation as well as periodically delve deeper to really analyze what you are doing and where you want to be.

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