Nobody should ever work for an extended period of time at a job where they are unhappy.
In today’s strong economy, or any economy, nobody should settle for working in a job that they don’t like.
We hear from so many people very regularly that they’re working in a job that isn’t a good fit for them.
THE REASONS FOR DISSATISFACTION ARE MANY
Sometimes it isn’t a good fit culturally, sometimes it’s the work they’re doing that isn’t a match for their skills.
Sometimes they’re being underpaid, and sometimes the company just isn’t aligned with their values, ethics or goals.
The list goes on for the reasons that people don’t like where they’re working.
Again, we hear this extremely often and we find it disconcerting the amount of people that don’t like their jobs.
WAITING FOR THE WEEKEND
Gary Vaynerchuk talks a lot about how if your whole life is about waiting for the weekend then you need to change your game.
I couldn’t agree with this more.
If you suffer throughout the week only to live for the weekend, you should seriously be looking at making some changes.
The weekends are such a small fraction of your life, that you want to look at how you have your life and your career organized.
You spend the vast majority of your life at your job working.
Whether behind a desk, at a construction site, with clients in houses or in a retail store, that time should not be spent suffering.
The thing that is even more disconcerting is the amount of people who are complacently unhappy in their job’s demand.
In other words, the amount of people that have been unhappy in their jobs for significant periods of time.
It almost seems like a lot of us like to complain about being unhappy but not do anything about it.
It’s like there’s something romantic or enjoyable about suffering, or that we get out of complaining a lot and being unhappy.
MAKING THE CHANGE
I say if you are unhappy in your job, do something about it! And if you’re not going to do something about it, then don’t complain.
You only get to complain if you’re actually going to do something about it.
The good news is you probably won’t complain for too long because you’re taking action around altering your situation.
There’s nothing worse than someone who complains about something that they can change.
This is the definition of a victim!
None of us deserve to be victims in any situation, especially at our jobs.
YOUR JOB SHOULD GIVE YOU LIFE AND MAKE YOU HAPPY
I think we all have the right to work somewhere that is a true fit for our values and a true fit for our goals.
You should work somewhere that gives you life and makes you happy.
You should do something that you’re excited to wake up in the morning and contribute to.
And, you should make good money!
GETTING PAST WHAT’S IN YOUR WAY
We often find there are a lot of circumstances that get in people’s way as to why they can’t find a new job.
Perhaps you don’t have the education or the time.
Sometimes people talk about how they’ve tried and haven’t been able to get what they want, or they apply and don’t get any interviews.
It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it to put in the work to find something and be somewhere that you truly like.
If you’re having difficulty, there are a lot of resources out there to support you.
There are career centers, career coaches, life coaches, and a lot of other resources for you to branch out and grow.
Networking & marketing events, conferences, and trade shows are all great resources.
You need to get yourself exposed to different people, opportunities and types of work that could be a match for you.
WHAT ABOUT EDUCATION?
If you don’t have the education that you need, you can take night classes while you work.
The ability to take night or online classes makes getting an education extremely affordable and flexible.
So if education is the missing piece, you simply need to go out and get educated.
Something that’s very important to do is to get clear about your values and what’s most important to you.
From that vantage point you can look for what might be the best type of career that would engender and feed your passion.
THE PITFALLS OF LOVING YOUR JOB
Sometimes it can be a pitfall to have your job be something that is also a hobby or a passion.
When you take a passion or a hobby and turn into a job, you take something that you like and turn it into work.
This is something to keep in mind as you’re exploring this process.
Of course it is still possible to have a job that you like and that you’re passionate about that is distinct from your hobbies.
The bottom line here is that nobody should ever have to suffer in their job.
You shouldn’t work somewhere you don’t like, especially in today’s economy and the vibrant and eclectic world that we live in.
There is a way for everyone to make money in a way that is in line with their values and goals.
Don’t be a victim!
If you don’t like where you are, stop complaining and start doing something about it. If you’re not going to do something about it, you don’t get to complain – sorry!
Put in the work and you will live a more fulfilled life than if you spend the vast majority working somewhere that you don’t like.
Get out there, have your life be great, and have a great career!
You owe it to yourself to have your job and your career be great!
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