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May 08, 2007


Andy Eppink

If your wife loves the personal contact implicit in interacting with passengers, why seek a promotion at all. Sounds like she's happy where she is.


That's true, but I think staying where you're at (i.e. not trying something new) is often a little short-sighted. In her case, she loves dealing with the passengers, and didn't expect to enjoy the duties in her new job. But she didn't know that from experience.

So taking the promotion was like exercising an option. It's a low risk, high reward strategy. If she goes to the new job and likes it, she gets the benefit of having a higher salary, cuter uniform, more responsibility, new things to learn, and perhaps most importantly, being one step closer to serving passengers in business/first classes. The promotion is a necessary stop on the way to the best jobs. If she doesn't like it, and dealing with passengers is worth more to her than what she'd be giving up, she can just ask to go back to her old position.

A lot of people interpret giving up something they like for a new challenge that they might not like as a bad thing. Mostly because people have a hard time admitting they were wrong or taking a pay cut or something similar. But you can almost always go back to doing something you like later. What you might not always get is a second chance at an interesting opportunity.

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