GET OUT...You're in a Sunken Place (Corporate America Edition)

Blogger’s Note: I know you are probably thinking, “Here Al goes AGAIN with yet ANOTHER rant about Corporate America.” Yeah, I may have had a few Facebook posts in the past about my time working in Corporate America aka the ultimate SUNKEN PLACE. But I’m not here for that today. However, I am here to motivate and encourage those of you that are currently in “that sunken place” and looking for that umph (I think that’s how you spell that word LOL) to GET OUT (pun intended). Please check out what I have to say and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

If you have seen the movie Get Out (Directed by Jordan Peele), you know all about the sunken place. And for those who haven’t seen it yet, the sunken place was defined by Peele in a recent tweet (LINK) as “The Sunken Place we’re marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us.”

When I first read this tweet, of course my mind went straight to thinking about the systemic oppression that Black people have endured for years and how that oppression has had a continuous impact on the Black race for generations. That’s way too “easy” to write about…RIGHT?

So I wanted to challenge my thinking and see how Peele’s definition of a sunken place applies to other areas of our lives in today’s society. After re-reading the tweet a few times and doing some self-reflection, I couldn’t help but think that a lot of us (particularly Millennials) are currently in a sunken place or have been in a sunken place at one point or another during our career. Whether it’s your job, the team you are on or even the career choice that you have made…The list can go on and on!!!  

Unfortunately, society tells us that the only way to be successful is to go to college and get a job in Corporate America in hopes that we will make it to upper management and make great money for the rest of our careers. Well that may be true for some people, but majority of times, becoming the CEO of a company is less likely to happen for most people.

Often times, people have an "a-ha moment" and realize that they won’t make it to the top of the company and find themselves STUCK in a career/job for way too long with nowhere to go. Going year after year feeling unappreciated and over worked. Going year after year dealing with the same sh*t from your colleagues and your manager. And going year after year not fulfilling your purpose and doing something you are passionate about. Have you felt this way before?

After a while, you realize that the corporate life and everything that comes with it isn’t worth it at all. Yeah, the pay may be great, traveling for work may be cool and saying that you work for “this prestigious” company may sound cool to your family and friends but at the end of the day you feel EMPTY and UNFULFILLED. That feeling of emptiness and un-fulfillment can leave you depressed and unhappy with life. Is your happiness worth the stress of working in Corporate America?….Ummm HELL NAW!!!

Since you spend most of your time at work, why shouldn’t your career/job be something that you enjoy doing? To me, TRUE happiness isn’t linked to a fancy job title, a salary or even the company that you work for. However, it’s LINKED to YOU!!! Trust and believe, once you find that happiness you will be FREE and motivated to fulfill your purpose and work passionately at making that your life long mission.   

Please don’t worry yourself about other people’s opinion about your move or even talk yourself out from making that move. I definitely understand how those outside forces can mess with your head…They damn for sure messed with my head when I was going through this transition during my career. Block them forces out and do this for YOU and YOUR future.

However, I’m not saying to quit your job today and embark on this journey to discover what makes you truly happy when it comes to your career. First, do some self-reflection to determine what your likes and dislikes are and do some research to see what careers/job most interest you. And then come up with an exit plan to GET OUT of that sunken place just like Chris (Played by Daniel Kaluuya) did in the movie.

If you are looking for more inspiration about identifying what you are passionate about and fulfilling your purpose, please check out one of my previous blog articles titled, Passion + Purpose = WHAT???, where I share my journey in discovering my purpose and passion. (LINK)