Ever Had This Ridiculous Problem?

It’s Mindy again. I want to close my week at The Writer’s Life with a story I heard the other day. I hope you don’t relate to it, but I suspect you might …

It came from my friend Celie, who’s also my hair stylist.

She’d spent the better part of my hour-long hair appointment telling me why she’d relocated to a new salon.

Relocating was time-consuming, emotionally draining, and costly. But in her mind, she’d had no choice — even though her move was prompted by the most ridiculous problem.

See, Roxie, the woman who co-owned the last salon where Celie worked, was really nuts about the air temperature. In the summer, she kept the salon too hot. In the winter, too cold. Must have been a money thing.

Whatever the reason, it made for a less-than-ideal work environment. Celie broached the subject with Roxie but was told, “It’s complicated.”

Celie tried to make the best of it since it was obviously a hot-button issue. She brought a fan to her station in the summer. She wore an extra sweater in the winter. And she always made sure to turn the air “off” when she was the last one to leave the salon at night.

Then last month, Celie came in to work and got the silent treatment from Roxie — as if they were back in grade school! She found out later it was because the air had been left on all night by Leigh, the other co-owner. But she was afraid of Roxie’s temper, so she blamed it on Celie. Leigh even told Celie later that day, “Sorry I had to throw you under the bus. I just didn’t want her mad at me.”

All I could do was stare at her in shock, totally red with rage. And then I gave my notice,” Celie told me.

Unbelievable, right?

And that’s why Celie chose to relocate. She wanted to get away from all the backstabbing and petty tricks … over something so insignificant!

But the sad thing is people put up with this kind of thing every day. Maybe you experienced something like it at a past job. Or worse, maybe you deal with workplace drama like this right now. (Do you? If so, tell me about it!)

Bottom line, you have a choice. You can leave your job completely and start over in a new field, or just relocate your services elsewhere.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t have to put up with an unhappy work situation. Even if you’re not financially ready to launch a freelance career, it’s usually worth looking for an employer change just so you can spend your days in a more positive environment.

After all, positive environments tend to influence your attitude for the better … and there’s nothing like a positive attitude to serve as a powerful tool in achieving freelance writing success!

But if you’ve had enough of the work world and want the quickest route to being a successful freelance writer, which offers you a flexible schedule, a great income, and of course, no boss, I advise you to grab your copy of the 2012 Web Copywriting Intensive Homestudy program. It’s a serious course of action with very serious results. (Trust me — I earned $14,800 in web-writing projects in the four months that followed my first Web Copywriting Intensive.)

True, you won’t get the same in-person interaction with the experts that all the attendees got at this year’s live event — but you can make up for that next year. You WILL gain exclusive access to the secrets that have already launched many web-writing careers, including insight on how to get started writing online video scripts or mastering SEO (for proof, just look at all the Member Spotlight profiles over at the Wealthy Web Writer).

Don’t waste another day of your life getting sucked into petty workplace drama.

If you’re ready to break free from workplace drama, spend some time this weekend thinking about what you want your life and career to look like instead.

Get a clear picture in your mind. That’s the first step, and gradually the rest of the pieces will come together. Just know that you’ll have to take a leap of faith in yourself at some point, some time. Hesitant or unsure how to believe in yourself? Get encouragement and practical advice in this article.

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Published: March 9, 2012

5 Responses to “Ever Had This Ridiculous Problem?”

  1. I worked at a large corporation as a senior technical writer. Top of the pay curve. Got in a managers face at another site because they wouldn't do what was necessary. She wanted me "punished for being a poor team player". I retired. It took 3 people to replace me (10 on a previous project). A year later they were asking what price to get me back (YES!!). Now I do what I want when I want and get paid what I want that I'm willing to work for. No baloney.

    Clarke Echols

  2. Hi Mindy my workplace drama ended when I retired recently last January 2012,a year earlier than my retirement age.In the back of my mind I am not really going to end my current career just like that.I really liked my job and wished I was given more opportunity.I realized that it was all up to me.I want to connect my knowledge and experience in healthcare to webwriting.Frankly I have not set goals.Not knowing how to eat an elephant,thanks for your encouragement and advice. AWAI,WWW,ITWPA member

    Guest (Erlinda)

  3. Miss Mindy:
    I have workplace drama almost every day. There are three of us in my department. One gentleman is not computer literate enough to send emails correctly and is always asking for help with a distribution list of his reports. The other lady is a drama queen. Because of her amount of errors on the documents that leave her desk, I have been asked to Peer Check almost every piece of data leaving her desk. This includes our shipping papers to other countries as well as our USA clients. I am in charge of the weekly excel spreadsheet that tracks our production progress for the week, forcasting the next 8 weeks. And I am in charge of the processes that produce our products. I do my job and most of hers. I feel used and I get little support from my bosses. I have the Six-Figure Compwriting Course almost finished. I am working on the Vitamin letter. I have the Masters Course in the wings as well as the Catalog course. I work 48 hours a week and find little time to give to

    K Barbara

  4. Oh Miss Mindy, Imagine working with a person who can never start on a project and put it to a close!!! I worked with one for the last 4 years and she could keep on piling her unfinished projects on my desk on top of my own assignments. And I shared the blame for her unfinished projects.
    I said "enough with the unfairness" and I resigned my job this Feb 2012 with only the brain and the hands. Currently securing subsistence, my goal is to secure myself a place as a successful freelance writer.

    Christine Muleme

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