CATWOE is a method for expanding your thinking about a problem or situation before you zero in on a specific problem that you want to solve.Advertising
CATWOE? It’s new to me too, but MindTools have an article about understanding CATWOE so you can better understand your problems. Focused mainly on issues that arise in business, it goes like this:Advertising
- Customers Who are they, and how does the issue affect them?
- Actors Who is involved in the situation? Who will be involved in implementing solutions? And what will impact their success?
- Transformation Process What processes or systems are affected by the issue?
- World View What is the big picture? And what are the wider impacts of the issue?
- Owner Who owns the process or situation you are investigating? And what role will they play in the solution?
- Environmental Constraints What are the constraints and limitations that will impact the solution and its success?
The idea is that before attempting to resolve a problem, you run through the CATWOE checklist so you’re not fixing one thing but potentially letting something else go wrong.AdvertisingAdvertising
Last Updated on August 20, 2018
Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What
Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.
I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.
The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.
People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.
I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?
“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?
After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!
One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
Everything takes energy
Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.
Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely. Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?
The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.
Find something that is worth doing
Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.
When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.
I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.
When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.
It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.
Other excuses I often hear are:
“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”
I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.
I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.”
Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.
Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.
Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?
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