Finding Gratitude in a “Stepping Stone” Opportunity

Not every job will be your “dream job.” Some positions you’ll accept will be stepping-stone positions, or those that merely serve as a bridge to your next role. And that’s perfectly okay! You can still find gratitude in a job that may not be your dream position. Here are some benefits that may bring you a sense of peace or even joy.

Financial Stability

If you’re having trouble finding gratitude at work, it may help to think about the fact that your bills are getting paid. You and your family deserve financial stability, and this job is making it happen. Money isn’t everything, but it sure beats the alternative!


Whether you’re currently in your desired industry or not, every position you take offers a valuable experience that can help your career in the long run. Maybe you’re developing the hard skills that your dream job requires. Or you might be building valuable soft skills or experiences that make you unique, such as time management, organization or EQ leadership skills, that you can transfer to any role. And if your resume is thin, simply having some extra work experience can help convince future employers to take a chance on you.


Are you familiar with the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? You may be able to find gratitude in the fact that you’re meeting new people. Any one of them could turn out to have the connections you need to land your dream job. This can be an opportunity to establish valuable relationships with your boss and colleagues. So get out there and get to know your coworkers. At a minimum, you’ll make a new friend.

Finding gratitude at work isn’t always easy, especially if you’re in a job that serves as a bridge between more meaningful roles. But every position is a unique new opportunity, and you never know where it might lead. A positive attitude can help make your dreams a reality, so focus on the good in the role, get everything you can from it, and you’ll be on your way to the career that you truly want.

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