Timothy travels the U.S. full-time with only a small backpack and a suitcase. He spends his evenings writing and filming Youtube videos.
Do You Love Your Job?
If you have to think about your answer, then chances are you do not.
That's no surprise. The majority of people I ask that question don't have any real love for the job that they have. And since most of the people these people know are also working jobs, they dislike/hate/can't stand they feel like it's the normal thing to do.
In fact, the vast majority of people in the world today think that in order to survive, you have to work a job that you don't like.
But nothing could be farther from the truth!
There is no law that says you have to work a job that you don't enjoy. That law used to exist many years ago in this country—it was called slavery. But it's gone now; the Civil War saw to that.
In our modern age, there is nothing that says you have to stay at a job that is giving you no satisfaction. You are a free human being. If you wanted to, you could quit your job tomorrow, and there is nothing anyone could do to stop you.
Think about that for a second.
Now I know the objections that immediately popped into your head as you were thinking about how great it would be to never go back to the office again. You said to yourself: "That would be great . . . but how would I pay my bills?"
#1 Reason Why People Stay at Jobs They Hate
Paying the bills is the #1 reason why people stay at jobs they really can't stand. And this is understandable. We live in a society where, unfortunately, most of us need to earn money to pay bills in order to survive.
But there is no law that says you have to earn this money at a job that doesn't leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled. If there is such a law where you live, then you are probably living under a Communist regime, and you need to move. Quickly, before they realize that you are reading this article.
For most of us, however, we are free to decide where and how we earn a living. And this means that, on some level, it is the choices we have made in our lives up until now that have landed us in our current employment. It's not our boss' fault; it's not the economy, it's not Todd from accounting who got the promotion we wanted—it's our own fault!
Take a moment to let that sink in.
If you hate your job, some of the blame lies with you for making the choices and decisions that led you to take and remain at that job.
Now before you get all mad and stop reading this article, let me tell you why this is a good development.
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If the life choices you made led to you working a job that you literally have to drag yourself to every morning, then you have to power to change what you do for a living just by making different life choices in the future.
It's really that simple.
Resolve that sometime in the near future, you are going to break free of the shackles of your current job and that you are going to find employment that you love to support you and your family. Make that resolution and stick with it!
Ever Taken the Time to Figure Out How You Got Stuck at a Job You Hate?
After you've made your resolution, the next step is to think about what life choices led to you being in your current situation and correct them.
- Did you neglect to get some higher education that might open up more job opportunities for you?
Go back to school. Learn some new skills that will make you more valuable to companies. Get that degree you need to advance.
- Do you live in an area where there are very few jobs?
Consider moving to a city that is currently experiencing growth and has an active job market.
- Do you have a lot of bills that you have to pay each month which means you have to stay at your current job because you probably won't earn the same salary anywhere else?
Take the time to look over your bills and cut back on the ones that you don't really need. You might find that you can actually live on way less each month. This might make it possible for you to find employment that pays less but will be more fulfilling for you.
- Are you spending a large amount of your income each month on things you don't really need, thus ensuring you have to stay at your current job because it pays well?
Cut back on the frivolous spending, start a budget, and start saving. You might be surprised at how little money you actually need to make each month to survive and thrive.
What Does Your Dream Job Look Like?
It's also important to spend some time pondering what you would really like to do for a living. So often, we just spend our free time thinking about how much we hate our current job. But we never think about where we would like to work or what we would like to be doing for employment.
Figure Out What You Want to Do
Perhaps you want to be self-employed. Or an entrepreneur of some sort. Perhaps you want to own a lawn business or be a freelance writer. Maybe there is a certain company that you've always wanted to work for because you've heard good things about how they treat their people.
Or maybe there is a career you've always wanted to have a go at since you were a child. Maybe an architect, a carpenter, a circus clown, whatever. You have to take the time and figure out not just that you want to quit your job but also what job/career/business you want to go to next.
The next step is to start making strides towards getting to that goal. And if you are really serious about it, you will be surprised at how things will seem to just fall in place from time to time. Doors will open up to you that never seemed possible. Opportunities will present themselves that you will not see coming.
It Takes Hard Work
But you have to work toward your goal. There will be hard times, and you will have to make sacrifices. Sometimes it will seem easier to just go back to being that girl who sits on the couch every night with a bottle of Chardonnay and whines about how much she hates her job. (did you catch my wine/whine pun there?)
But if you keep at it and keep your dream job planted firmly in your sights, and you are willing to do the things necessary to get to that job, the rewards will be unparalleled. Can you imagine being excited about getting up and going to work? Let me ask that again because I want you to really take a moment and fantasize about the answer.
Can you imagine being truly excited about getting up to go to work every single morning?
Can you imagine not watching the clock all day at work because you are so caught up in what you are doing and actually enjoying it? Can you imagine smiling when you tell your friends about what you do for a living? How great would that be?
And you can have all of that and more. Because you have within you the power to be working at your dream job/career within the next year or so.
Quitting your current job, handing in your two weeks' notice, and never having to see your boss again is a real possibility. You just have to believe you can do it, not let fear hold you back from doing it, and take the steps needed to get there.
And when you get there, your life will be changed forever! No longer will you be spending your days doing something you hate just to survive. You will be working and living at the same time. You will be alive!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Tess from Hawaii on January 17, 2019:
He's absolutely right everyone. I quit my job to travel and it has been the best decision I've ever made.
Stop worrying about what other people think and start living for your happiness.