Anxiety is worrying about worry.
As an air talent, I worked for a newly-hired radio program director in Philadelphia who would fire a personality every Friday until he removed every performer he didn’t like – approximately six.
The firing schedule was by design – never more than one person a week. Always Friday.
So, you can imagine how paranoid we all became.
One day as I reached for the front door of the station, I asked one of my fellow air talents exiting “who got fired today?” Me, he answered. It was that surreal.
To survive in such a toxic workplace, we needed to focus on doing our best rather than trying not to get fired.
The station failed. Our competition adopted a more person friendly approach and they won the ratings war.
It took this toxic workplace to teach a tough lesson: stop worrying about worry because it wouldn’t save our jobs and made us even more anxious.
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