Last year I worked my a$$ off trying to get promoted
to portfolio manager and it worked. Now I just
can’t get motivated. I used to check my markets
and update my plan every night, no matter how late. Now I drag
myself to work, can barely check the news and just
don’t really care if I make any more money. I feel
like maybe the Occupy Wall St people have a point –
what good am I to society? Plus, now that I’ve got
the PM, my girlfriend insists on her MRS – which I am
not in the mood for in the least! Frankly, I’m
totally confused and, honestly, a little bit scared.
It’s May and I am at about breakeven and about to
be broken-up with.
—BARTENDER TO BE
First things first, make that a very dirty Grey Goose
martini please. I need to think about what the real meaning of
that promotion was. By the sound of it, it wasn’t
about the achievement.
What’s really bothering you? Depression, which
like it or not is what you are describing, can often be about
anger that one isn’t admitting to or that has no
acceptable outlet. Think about who or what you are really mad
at. Your boss? Your girlfriend? Wall Street? Figure that out,
even just in your own head, and you have a fighting chance at
getting your mojo back.
Furthermore, the root of the anger undoubtedly goes back to
a time earlier in life when you didn’t feel
recognized. Maybe you didn’t make the varsity
football team or your parents were critical of even "A" marks.
Now you clearly made the team and it’s unsettling,
to put it gently. Your psyche is wearing a new suit that is two
sizes too big. Think about it. Besides not knowing how to
graciously accept the new role, demands are also piling up.
Could it be that you are angry because no matter what you do,
it’s never quite good enough?
My guess is that deep down this is really about who loves
you just the way you are.
(Excellent martini btw.)
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