I don’t think I’ve ever had a job that I absolutely loved. Sure, maybe it started off that way during the first few months on the job. But over time, as my values and interests changed, the job itself no longer resonated.
The thing about “passion”...
Most people aren’t doing work that they are passionate about. And that’s ok. Sometimes, a passion is better to remain a hobby.
We often hear that we should find jobs we love. Yet “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert disagrees. She’s been quoted to say it’s perfectly fine for people to just have a job.
Elizabeth Gilbert made the point that we can have a whole life outside of a career. She suggests seeing a job as a pathway to a greater passion. For instance, she relied on a series of jobs while she was trying to make it as a writer.
I’ve always had a love hate relationship with my previous jobs.
There were times I would countdown the days until I would give HR my resignation notice. Then there were times where I could see myself working at a particular position forever.
The thing is, there isn’t a “perfect” career.
There’s always going to be something that could be improved whether it’s the pay or the work culture. And that goes with everything in life, including our relationships and health.
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But what if you hate your job?
There’s a difference between not loving your job and hating it. Big difference.
If you can’t stand going into work each day, then it’s your responsibility (not your employer’s) to do something about it. Here are some points to consider to help you decide on your next steps.
What are the “hidden” skill sets I’m gaining?
Take a step back to see if there are important skill sets you are acquiring while on the job. It might not always be straight forward or spelled out in the job description.
Hidden skill sets gained on the job are priceless. Whether it’s learning how to stand up for yourself or think strategically, these skill sets are especially valuable outside the work setting.
Passive aggressive coworker?
Working next to a passive aggressive coworker may be an opportunity to improve your communication skills. It may also teach you valuable lessons on how to set energetic boundaries with others.
High stress environment?
Working in a stressful fast-paced office environment may be helping you develop your instinctive skills. It may also be an opportunity for you to learn how to channel anxious feelings to create positive fuel instead.
Working with a bad boss might be teaching you patience and how to stand up for yourself. Here are some ways to handle working in a hostile work environment.
But what if enough is just enough?
So you’ve hit your breaking point. Well, when you know, you just know. I quit my job on impulse one too many times without a safety net in place.
Each time I took the leap, I got better at making sure my finances were squared away first. The worst feeling is going back to the employer to ask for the job back.
Been there and it was not fun. Trust.
When I finally realized that I couldn’t stand another day of pointless meetings and office politics, I started working towards financial freedom like a boss.
Give yourself options by getting FIRE’d (Financial independence retire early) up!
When I reached FIRE, work became optional. Here’s what I mean…
I learned a lot of tough financial lesson the hard way. But eventually I reached FIRE at age 35.
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Even as a business major in college, one would think I’d be better with my personal finances. I figured, all I had to do was make more than I spend. Right? Wrong.
It wasn’t until I realized how much I craved freedom from a cubicle that I started waking up to my beliefs and habits around money. And when I really couldn’t stand my job, I knew I needed to have a financial freedom plan.
What is F-You Money?
F-You money is especially crucial. If you are going into a hostile workplace each day, it’s time to say F-You to that.
F-You money is a 6-12 month emergency savings fund. An emergency fund can also provide peace of mind in case of a layoff or unexpected medical expense.
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Over the years of working in a male dominated “old boys club” environment, I’ve leveraged my emergency fund as F-You money. Having resigned from my job without a plan, it has taken the pressure off of having to find another job immediately.
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Then it's time to pivot your career to align with your ideal lifestyle. After all, having a fulfilling career can be a big part of living a meaningful life.
Changing jobs within the same industry can be challenging. Pivoting to a new industry can be even tougher and take longer.