We all reach a point in our lives where we hate our job, we wanna quit and move to the Bahamas or some exotic location far the hell away from ridiculous people who "have no idea WTF they are doing." As one of my favorite aunts would say, "Clueless!", as we drove Nascar-style through the streets of Pittsburgh. (Love you Aunt! You know who you are!)
So why is it that we end up growing angry with those we work for who in the end we blame for pushing us off the edge of our plateau? Do we really hate our job? Do we actually hate the people who "robbed us" of a fulfilling career? That's a really strong word, "hate", so we had better use it carefully!
I don't believe this is the reason at all. I believe the reason why we grow resentful and regret taking the job that we now "just show up for the paycheck" is because WE ARE NOT CHALLENGED ENOUGH! Even better, we're not challenging ourselves enough!
"The thing that kills us faster than anything else is our expectations."
Sure, you were hired for a job. (One that YOU applied for by the way.) But if you only do what you're hired for, OF COURSE you're not going to be satisfied with it at some point! It will become BORING! You have to step over the line of your hired responsibility bestowed upon you by the company you slave for, and you must freely immerse yourself in everything you find interesting and useful by taking responsibility for yourself!
Will you have to work overtime? YES!
Will you have to do things they don't ask of you? YES!
Will you have to sacrifice things you enjoy doing? YES!
Will you reap massive benefits? YES!
Will you be more successful than you could have ever imagined? YES!
Will you be happier? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!
The thing that kills us faster than anything else is our expectations. The more you expect from others, especially those you work for, the faster you lose your identity and your sense of self. Then before you know it, you're on your death bed talking about nothing other than your regrets and giving life advice about all the decisions you wished you had made.
So, I implore you to stop saying you hate your job, and start challenging yourself in every moment possible. If the work you are doing doesn't amplify who you are as a person and what YOU know you're capable of producing, then have that conversation with someone at work who will listen and who can make the decision to allow this to happen. But never forget that YOU are responsible for who you are and who you become. As my son's favorite song from Lego Ninjago goes, The Time is Now!
So, take responsibility for your life...STARTING NOW!
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