‘Yeah it’s an ok job, it pays the bills’
‘I have money but I have no time!’
‘Can’t wait for the weekend!’
‘I hate my boss’
‘I’ll work harder once I get a raise.’
These are all scary phrases, and if you say those on a regular basis you’re probably stuck in the hateful 9-5 routine and groaning every time you hear ‘work’. You’re ‘satisified’ with your average job as it gives you security and benefits of being employed. But you can hardly ever go on holiday, and if you want to ask for a day off you need to send in a request to a boss.You basically have this job just because ‘it pays the bills’. Imagine saying that for 20 years? Sounds depressing.
You have two options: fall in love with your job and bring out the best of yourself, or quit. I will be posting more detailed articles on how to get started on those two paths, but for the moment you need to choose, and here are a few steps to help you decide:
1. Research your job
Even if you’re in consulting, marketing, accounting, hosteling or waitressing and consider yourself an expert, you can still hate the job. Solution? Learn more. Look up ‘how to be the best accountant’, or read about the ‘history of the great waiters’. Learn about your job, educate yourself on all the different aspects and try to find what interests you. Research how you could do better, and then experiment. Learn what makes the customer the happiest and practice it. Your boss will notice the huge improvement not only in your productivity but also your attitude. Show that you like your job and that you enjoy it because you understand it. Sincere enjoyment is the best way to increase sales. The average job will turn into an exciting job, as you get to experiment how you work best.
If after a few weeks trying this out, you realise you still hate your job, you need to quit. Literally tell me a reason what the point is in doing something you hate? Quitting can be quite daunting, so here are some ways to start preparing.
Read the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss and this blog post. Try a few things to change things round. How about working from home? Or maybe delegating some of your tasks to an assistant? Or even different work hours? Just talk to your boss and see what can be done, after all you are both working towards the same goal: maximum productivity. Make the average job turn into a convenient job, giving you more time to work on other projects and hobbies you’re passionate about. This will give you the energy to be even more productive at work.
If even that doesn’t work, because of a strict bosses or nasty co-workers, even more reason to quit! You may have a family to take care of, debts to be paid, and feel that this job is the only way out. But you are wrong! There are hundreds of ways to earn an income, you just need to be creative and willing to try something else.
3. Take action
Standing still and suffering should not be an option. You need to try something different. It’s scary at first but trust me it’s worth trying. I recommend starting with books. Read money management and personal development books like these. Most of all, educate yourself on your options and career opportunities. Remember, you have no excuses and it’s never too late to start. If you know what you’re doing, you are in complete power of your income, meaning you choose what your job should be. Allow the average job to disappear and turn into ‘the job I like’. My favourite way to inspire myself is by subscribing to other personal finance blogs and reading about all the creative ways people got out of the rat race.
Find what you love doing and make some money from it online, whether it’s blogging or selling products. All you need is the initiative and the desire to have a better life. If you have that, this is the small push to get you started. Evaluate the risks and the talk to family and friends. Most of the time it’s not as complicated as it looks and just takes a little patience and reinforcement.
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