This has been one of the most powerful and freeing reframes I’ve adopted in the past year or so.
My default model for work has been to “get a job.” In that model, I’m trying out for potential employers and hoping they’ll make the most of the opportunity for me.
By learning to think instead about hiring an opportunity, I’ve begun to put the shoe on the other foot. Rather than hoping that the “right” people will hire me, I can think in terms of hiring the right people for me.
A friend of mine recently told me that her rule during her independent consultant days was “work I love with people I like or work I like with people I love.” That’s not a bad rule of thumb to begin from.