Yep. Read the headline again. I mean it—if you hate your job.
Job haters suffer lives of quiet desperation (well, not so quiet if you monitor Twitter and Facebook!). They dread Monday and long for the weekend. Is that really what you plan to do for the next 20-40 years? Not me!
God designed us with skills, talents and abilities. But just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you should spend 2,000+ hours every year doing it. He also gave us an inner spirit that defines our values, dreams and passions.
At the intersection of what you’re good at (strength) and what you enjoy doing (passion) is the opportunity to love your work (job or self-employment). And here’s the best part: people who love what they do make more money!
Who makes more: a waitress with a nice smile and great customer service, or one with a sour face and bad attitude? Fast forward a few years and see which one is selling high end real estate…
Don’t just quit your job. There are bills to pay and you need a transition plan:
1) Know Yourself – This is harder than it sounds. What are your skills, talents and abilities; your values, dreams and passions?
2) Know What You Want and What It Takes to Get There – Define your target and get the knowledge for the job (not always through school!).
3) Bust It! – Do whatever it takes within legal and moral grounds to get the job!
Sadly, most people will never do what it takes to change their lives for the better. Fortunately, some lose those jobs…and it makes all the difference in the world!
Note: This article originally appeared in January 2010 issue of the Tri-City Review.