I often find myself asking this question over and over again. Why do we stay in jobs we hate instead of pursuing a career in something we love? Of course this question doesn’t apply to everyone many people find fulfillment within their current field of work, but yet there are still so many of us that settle for a job we’re unsatisfied in.
The obvious answer would be money of course. We live in a world where money literally drives everything. We need money to eat, to keep a roof over our head, to pay bills, and we exchange it for a variety of other goods and services. Crazy how a piece of paper that only has intrinsic value has so much control over our lives. The fact that we live in a money driven world is unfortunately inevitable but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a job you feel miserable at. There’s ton’s of people who make a great living doing what they love.
What’s Keeping you at your job?
Think about all of the factors that are keeping you at your job. It could be a variety of different reasons. Below I’ve listed a few examples
- Good Pay: You could be miserable at your job and hate every second of it, but yet you’re compensated quite well which motivates you to stay
- Location: Maybe there are no good paying jobs in your area but the job you work at pays decent compared to others
- Skills and Qualifications: Maybe the jobs you’re interested in require skills and qualifications that you just don’t have yet
- Comfort: Maybe you hate your job but it’s all you know and your good at what you do. Putting in the time and effort to learn a new skill seems overwhelming for you
- Uncertainty: This is a big one, maybe you want to start your own business but you’re not quite sure where to start or if you’ll even be successful. This can cause you to have a lack of confidence
- Doubt: Maybe you don’t believe you can make a good living from your passion so you stay at a job you hate
The list goes on and on; maybe your reason isn’t listed above but analyzing the reason why can lead you towards a more fulfilling career. Now I’m not saying go out and quit your job let me make that clear. I’m saying develop a plan of action which will lead you to a better outcome.
For example, If you lack certain skills or qualifications take the necessary time to get educated on the topics that interest you. If you’re uncertain about starting a business take the risk anyway. You can start your business on the side while working at your current job until you actually see profitable results. It won’t be easy but it’ll be much more fulfilling if you love what you do. Also don’t doubt your passions. Your passion could be eating food and if you can find a way to monetize it, you’ll live a happier life. Consider Adam Richman from hit TV show Man versus Food who literally got paid to travel and eat as much as he could!
Should you choose money or happiness?
I personally believe happiness is more important but in this day in age you need both. There are so many people that have proven you can have all the money in the world and still be unhappy. For example one of the most important things money can’t buy is time and our time is valuable. We all have 24 hours in a day and how we spend our time is priceless. Life is too short to spend 8+ hours at a job you’re miserable at so I urge you to do whatever it is you love and take calculated risks. Once again we must ask ourselves why does a piece of paper have so much power over our lives? Pursue what you love because time is of the essence. Think about it.
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