Working On The Edge Of Your Seat


April 1, 2014

Oh my! Grab it! Grab the rope!

What is she doing?  She is screwing it up. Grab the rope Dr.!


She missed it.  Breathe.  Stop spinning.

astronaut-wallpaperDid you guess I watched Gravity recently?  Well, I did.  The first five or ten minutes went fine, then my son and I started yelling at the television.  About thirty minutes later we realized that we were both sitting on the edge of the couch, totally sucked in to this story.  The remainder of the movie was a roller coaster of ups and downs that kept our heart rates slightly elevated and our breathing irregular.  By the end, we were exhausted in a good way.

I would love work to be like that.  Wouldn’t you?

Sometimes work can become so mundane, so routine, that we just float through the days without much thought or concern for what we’re doing.  We need to find ways to disrupt this pattern and whether that means finding a new type of role, taking on a new project, switching teams, or just changing the way you drive to work, it’s worth considering.

What if at least once a day you had a moment at work that made your heart race because the work was so exciting?

I have that now but it took making a career change to get it.

What about you?  What makes your heart race at work?  Tell me in the comments.


  • My job is a daily constant challenge. I have worker issues, covering job issues, and the constant trying to not rub my forehead until all of the skin comes off. The one positive about the job is that the issues change daily and always has me on the edge of my seat. I would actually like a little less action sometimes.

    • @Jerry- Thanks for the comment. Boy, I can relate to days like those. When I was a HR leader, there were many days when it was putting out one fire after another. Hang in there my friend! Feel free to vent here too if that helps- It would be fun to have you do a guest post with the counter-point… maybe call it “A little more conversation, a little less action”. 🙂

  • I really love the way you expressed it with Gravity example. It’s right that sometimes we feel that we are so much occupied with work and our mind kept on switching from one task to another, but at the end of the day when we look at tasks done, there is no significant achievement. Organizing your tasks and responsibilities is very important.

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