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Why Working The Job You Hate Is Actually A Good Thing
Most people these days are working the job that they know deeply are not going to give them something meaningful. However, when paying the billls becomes something necessary, they simply cannot do anything about it. And that’s the reason why all of us stuck in the jobs that we hate and not able to get out.
I do remember the time when I was getting my first job as a Quality Engineer in a French company after finishing college. I was so excited to show my skills and abilities to the world in order to achive my dream. Unfortunately, those excitement has faded away within the first three months of my probation period. I suddently realized that this job was not my dream job. This job was so dull and dumb. My skills were not utilized and maximized well. I did not learn anything new. The job was so boring. The list went on and on and on.
I could have quit after my probation period. But then, one of my collegues told me to stay. He was saying like this, “You must be unhappy with your job, but you must learn to accept the reality. If you left your first job after few months, it will damage your CV and put a big question mark on you, your mentality and most importantly your competence.” After all, I was also stuck with money. If I quit my job, I would be jobless. Jobless means no money. Without money, I couldn’t pay the bills and no future.
After that conversation with my collegue, I decided not to leave and determined to finish my one year contract. It was such a painful decision, but I did not regret it after all. In fact, I learned a lot from my first job than my other jobs so far.
By the way, I weren’t alone in hating my job.
“Only 15% of the world’s one billion full-time workers are engaged at work. It is significantly better in the U.S., at around 30% engaged, but this still means that roughly 70% of American workers aren’t engaged.” — Jim Carson
But too many people wallow in this misery instead of developing a plan to get out. Before you can quit though, you need to know your end game. Thus, I realized that I was not ready at that time to quit, just because of my shelfish emotional self. I did not even know what would I do next once I quit. I would most likely look for another jobs that doesn’t guarantee would be better than my first job.
When you know what you are aiming for, you begin to accept the steps you need to take to accomplish those goals. This makes that bad job more reasonable because it is part of your path to freedom.
If you don’t know what you want, then you don’t know why you are doing what you are doing. If your job, no matter what it is, has no why behind it, you will hate it. Just like an airplane without a pilot, it can go up but it will soon crash and go down.
But you can work a job you hate for the right reasons. And you can do it happily. If you know your destination.
“Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.”
— Robin S. Sharma
Most people leave their job because of two major things. They hate their job either because of their boss or the job itself. If you are still getting paid by the company that you work for, you should still have pride in yourself. That means you still bring value to the company. That’s why you get paid.
Most of your colleagues may not know what they want. And since they don’t know what they want, they certainly have no way to know how to achieve it. So they are unhappy. And they do a terrible job.
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” — Jim Rohn
You see the horizon. Every day you work that job you hate is one day closer to the dream you know you can achieve. You are patient.
Overall, by knowing your why as your guide, you will stay ahead of the game. Because you are on a specific trip that only you can decide.
Your why will guide you through the epidemic of job hatred. Because how can you hate something that is part of your journey to achive your dream? Once you are free you won’t regret the steps you had to take to get there. Because you’ve made it.
“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.”
— Simon Sinek
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