As we work through the entry level, most of us evaluate the quality of our jobs based on an assessment of the future. At the earliest stage of our professional careers, our visual field is fixed just a few years ahead of where we’re currently standing, and we can endure an abusive boss, low pay, an 80 hour workweek, or a two hour commute, because these feel like minor and temporary obstacles standing between ourselves and our long term goals. The thought process works something like this: “Sure I’m unhappy NOW, but I’m doing this so that three years from now, I can (fill in the blank). At the end of the day, I feel a sense of reward and accomplishment, not hopelessness or frustration.”But by the middle of our working lives, this statement can begin to sound hollow. Three years have come and gone, then another three, and we’re still struggling to lay the groundwork for a brilliant future that hasn’t yet appeared on the horizon. If this describes your relationship with your job, it may be time for a re-evaluation. If you can check off every item on the list below, you’re on the right track. If not, consider pivoting in a new direction.