Do You Hate Your Job? Check Out These 3 Simple Yet Powerful Questions Before You Answer…
Why do we often hear people complaining about their jobs and how much they hated their jobs? I understand that everyone has different experiences. But, shouldn’t you be grateful for your job as it provides a source of income and a place to learn? In this article, I would like to invite you to see the situation from a different perspective.
Let’s use the word dislike, instead of hate. To hate is like there’s no turning point, and you literally don’t care anymore. I personally think, hate is too strong of a word to represent something that has continuously help put food on the table every day. Unless, the hate feeling that is building inside you ensued from some unethical practices in the workplace, which is not what we are discussing here. I am only referring to all of us who are working in a normal, legal and ethical businesses and due to other reasons, dislike the job.
As for me, I love my job. In fact, it brings me a significant amount of benefits, and I’m very grateful for that. This is just my personal experience. Yours could be different. Maybe you are going through some situations that cause the feeling of dislike. Whatever the case may be, please read on. I hope you’ll discover some likes beneath all the dislikes you currently have.
To get started, let’s forget about the feeling of hate or dislike for a moment. Give yourself a fair chance to analyze from a neutral standpoint. I have 3 questions for you which I think is very important.
Please look at the situations rather than your feelings, okay? And for that reason, I will refer ‘the job you dislike’ to just ‘the job’, so you won’t cling to the unpleasant feelings.
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1. Does Your Job Provide For You And Your Family?
Some privileged few may be working just to pass time, but most of us are not. We need the money to sustain our lifestyles. We have commitments. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed.
The beautiful side of you having a job is that, you know you are contributing to your family’s happiness and well being. Maybe your income is not enough to cover all the expenditures, but at least, it gives you a peace of mind, knowing you have a flow of consistent income to fall back on.
As for me, my job provides a better education for both my sons. Education is very important and it has always been on the top of our priorities.
Although I love my job, there are times when I don’t feel like going to work too. I’m just human, same as you and everyone else. But instead of complaining how mundane or tiring or stressful the job is, try focusing on the benefits, and be grateful for the simple fact that you are actually financially better than without a job. This brings us to the second question.
2. What Would You Be Without The Job?
Well, you can go find another one, of course. And it can be the best solution, only if you find the perfect fit. By the way, is there a perfect fit when it comes to employment? Let me know if there is. I think I would love to try my luck too 🙂
Or, would you like it better to be without a job? Would you be happier, stress-free and full of freedom? Well, think again. Maybe, neither that’s what you want. As I mentioned earlier, if working was just to pass time, then you are free to choose. But if you’re not and you opt not to work, perhaps you have to sacrifice your priorities and make changes to your lifestyle. I’m not willing to sacrifice my sons’ education, so a stable source of income is the ideal option for us.
Employment works in a barter system. You get paid in return for the services you perform. No doubt, you have to work hard and maybe long hours but you know by doing so, part of your financial worries are taken care of. The clock is ticking fast. Very soon days become weeks, and eventually months. Deadlines are looming. So, would you prefer to stress over work or withstand the constant pressure of not having an income? Choose one.
3. How Much Have You Gained From This Employment?
Have you learned new things such as new technology and skillsets since you started this job? Do you get to meet new people and learn more about the human nature? It’s kind of interesting sometimes, with all the hoo-haas in the company.
I love to think this way; I’m actually being paid to learn and grow! You are the same too. Take it as an opportunity to learn and improve when the job gets tougher than usual. I know there are bosses who don’t appreciate the effort and hard work of their employees. Let me tell you this. Whether or not they appreciate you, you are in control of how you react to it.
Be smart. Make use of whatever resources you have and just do your best. Why? Because when you decided to do your best, you are actually putting yourself in full force to learn and reap the most out of the situation. Having said that, I don’t mean asking you to steal information or do anything unethical, okay? Always abide by the company rules or whatever rules and regulations there are.
Shift your thoughts. Instead of holding a grudge, change the energy to motivate yourself instead. Why would you want to be pulled down by someone who doesn’t care? When you are more competent, and when you are ready, seek better employment elsewhere. You can even start your own business. In the meantime, deliver your best. Whatever you learned and all the knowledge you acquired will be yours. 100% of it!
Our employer pays us every month and they push us to accomplish more. They want us to learn and pick up new skills as fast as we could. They demand efficiency. Because only then, their company will grow and prosper.
If you stand from their viewpoint, the level of stress and responsibilities they face are, in fact, greater. Whether we perform or not, they have to train and pay us. This is an upfront investment on us, with no money back guarantee.
So, after reading so much, how did it go? Can you find some good points? Take some time to read through it again, if you must. Sometimes, we are so busy with life that we overlook the goodness that is around us.
I have some dislikes for my job too, but I do understand and found the answers to all the three questions above. That’s why I’m truly grateful and happy to be employed. It’s because of the income generated, I managed to put both my sons to private education, all the way from preschool to university. This is the best gift any parents could give their children.
Everyone has a percentage of like and dislike in any given situation. This is very personal and everyone perceives it differently. But just remember, that you are more capable than you think. Learn to recognize the good in every situation and seize the opportunity to advance further.
In the next post, I’m going to discuss some of the reasons why you think you don’t like your job. I will also be addressing some suggestions which may help you improve the situation.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Please feel free to comment and share your views. Thank you and have a win-win working experience.