Advertisement

What happens when people outgrow their roles in life?

Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine

We often take on responsibilities that excited and challenged us earlier in our life. As we grew, some of us forgot to “shed these old layers” and move on. Or perhaps we felt trapped because they felt secure and we thought we had too many responsibilities to be able to take the risk of changing. Others continued to get promoted to new situations as long as they continued to be successful at what they did. The promotions only stopped when they were no longer good (competent) at, or interested in, their duties. This can create a problem that has been called the “Peter Principal.” It states, “People are promoted to the level of their own incompetence.” This principal is so powerful that a very popular comic strip, Dilbert, has been built around it. One of my patients once gave me a wonderful definition of burnout. She said, “Burnout is what occurs when your soul grows too big for the role that you are playing.”

In my practice I take a simple approach. I invite my staff to grow into those roles that feel best, knowing that they can change. This results in everybody “following their bliss” and working at a level that is much more effective. Once a staffer outgrows a position, The Universe routinely sends someone else who is happy to take on the role the other person has outgrown. This seems to work much better than the usual Dilbert comic strip! You have the option of choosing how you live your life.

 

 

Three Steps to Happiness! Healing Through Joy

More About this Book

Three Steps to Happiness! Healing Through Joy

Happiness is our natural state of being. It is who we are. This happiness is obvious when you look at little children before they take on society’s beliefs. Their natural state is to feel all of...

Continue Learning about Healthy Aging

Being a Good Friend Keeps You Young
Being a Good Friend Keeps You Young
Would you like to double your chances of staying as active, independent, and hot in Cleveland (or wherever!) as Betty White when you're her age (89)? ...
Read More
How does gaining weight affect aging?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Extra weight affects all of our systems. It accelerates the wear on our bodies and causes us to have...
More Answers
How does keeping an active mind affect aging?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Become a lifelong learner. People with higher levels of education and those who continue to be i...
More Answers
How Carrots Can Help You Live Longer
How Carrots Can Help You Live Longer

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.