We all need money, to pay our bills, feed our family or our shopping addiction, and to get money we need to work.
Get a good education, a good job, a good salary… That’s what we’ve all heard since we were kids.
And here you are, spending 8h a day doing what a job you worked so hard to get, that you thought would make you happy, but there’s a problem… You’re not happy. And you know what? You’re not alone, most people are not happy in their job.
Like many people, you got a job that was a logical next step after your education or your last job. What’s wrong with that? The answer is very simple. You’re not happy because you’re not doing something you’re passionate about.
You spend most of your time at work and time is a limited resource you can’t afford to waste. We all have 24h in a day, and if you decide to spend a third of it doing something you don’t enjoy, you are responsible for your own unhappiness.
What can I do about it?
Think about what your interests are, your values, your strengths.
Can you make your job more exiting by doing more stuff you’re passionate about? Can you find a new job that will pay you to do what you love? Can you start your own business?
Finding something you’re passionate about doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job, but don’t sell your soul doing something that goes against what you stand for.
I’d like to but…
There are millions of excuses you can use for not making a change but ask yourself this: When I’m old and grey, looking back at my life, will I resent those people or things for not allowing me to have a great career or a happy life? Do you really want to blame your parents for not letting you become an artist? You baby for not getting a promotion? Your husband for not pushing you to open your business?
I shoulda, coulda, woulda… Those words are for people who were so scared to fail, they didn’t even bother trying.
You are in control of your life and you are in control of your career so it’s up to you to get it right.
The Job Matchmaker
P.S. If you need more motivation, check out those TedTalks
Scott Dinsmore – How to find work you love
Larry Smith – Why you will fail to have a great career
David Brooks – Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy
What do you think?