However, being all entrepreneurial and “ra ra” I’ve tried to help so many of these people I’ve talked to – sending them new job leads, texting them reminders about job applications, and editing their cover letters, etc.
I honestly and genuinely want people to be happy and succeed in life. And I truly just don’t get why very few people ever do anything about their situations.
Most people just sit in jobs they don’t like counting the days to retirement, and I really can’t even fathom why. Life, as we all know, is too short for all that.
On top of that, friends who I’ve tried to help find work in the past have actually been resentful and rude, like the time I mentioned a new writing job I got to a friend and she responded with, “Don’t you have enough jobs by now, Cat?”
This friend, mind you, has a marketing degree and is very capable of working online, yet never once pursued a lead or any work I sent her way. And there were dozens and dozens of opportunities I sent her before I just gave up.
Why? Why I ask you? If you are reading this right now and are in a job you hate, please tell me why you won’t go out and try another one?
Many people are scared they won’t be able to get another job, an unfounded belief since you did, in fact, get the job you currently have.
Look, you can probably think of a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t try to improve your situation, mostly because it’s probably the easiest thing in the world to just continue on as you are, but I’d like to encourage everyone to at least go looking for what they want!
I truly believe everyone has the ability to do a job they love but not everyone has the right to a job they love especially if they haven’t earned it.
The Dream Job
And, let’s talk about this dream job for a second. The truth is, finding a job you love is a very, very elusive feat. Many people build up this idea in their heads that once they find that “dream job” they will finally be happy and everything will be gravy.
This just isn’t true.
It’s kind of like how friends of mine have this super long list of everything they want in a man and they keep passing up perfectly nice guys because they don’t have abs or they don’t have a college degree or they didn’t do some random thing right. The perfect guy does not exist. The perfect girl does not exist. Nor does the perfect kid or the perfect house or the perfect job.
Life just isn’t perfect, but if you believe in yourself and really push yourself to do great things, you can at least try to squeeze some awesome sauce out of it.
Not Even My Job is Dreamy
I’ll be honest with you; I actually made up my job myself and it is not a total dream despite what it may look like. Literally, everything I do every day for pay is of my own creation. I am my own boss. I decide the work I do. I decide the clients to take. I decide the posts to write. And yet, there are some days when I just plain don’t like it.
There are some days when I just don’t feel like talking on the phone to someone. There are some days when I realize I’m a month behind on my accounting and dread the three hour long process it will take to catch up. Not every aspect of my job is fun and sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m actually in control, especially when I find myself completing a project that I absolutely hated and can’t for the life of me imagine why I took it on.
Change It Up!
But do you know what happens when I find myself in that situation? I change it! I work on a new project. I give back to others. I hop on a video chat with another blogger to get me all excited and sparkly again. I’m honest with myself. I seek out new opportunities. I buy new classes. I stay on my toes.
Because of this, I do what I love most of the time and so I am pretty content. The catch is that I don’t believe I was born implicitly with the right to enjoy my work or even the right to even have a job at all. Rather I believe I have earned the privilege after consistently putting in the work. And I believe each and every one of you can earn the privilege too.
So, if you’re in a job you hate, please do something about it because we’re tired of hearing about it. Kick some ass and find a new one. Or even better, make one up yourself.