Your Job Is More Important Than You Think

Tuesday - 03/03/2020 10:45
There is no way of getting around it, whether you want to or not, you will have to work if you want to have a fulfilling life. Jobs provide us with the money we need to have a secure and enjoyable life. Without a job, you will struggle to achieve the goals that you hold.
Your Job Is More Important Than You Think
On this level, a job is fundamental, but it is also important on another level. The majority of your life will be spent working. Therefore, it’s important to consider what kind of work you want to do.

From the ages of 18 to 65, and potentially past this period as we start to live longer, you spend a large chunk of your life working. That is a long time to be doing something you don’t enjoy.

As we spend so much of our time working, if we don’t enjoy the work we do it can negatively impact our lives. You will feel drained, devoid of motivation, and miserable if you’re stuck in a job you detest.

That is no way to live your life. It’s an easy trap to fall into if you’re not careful. Having a job can seem to be the be-all and end-all. However, working in a job because you feel like you have to is a recipe for disaster.

If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to take stock of your life and consider what you want to do. From here, you can use this information to work on the skills necessary to get this job.

Life is too short to be stuck in a job you hate.

Working For Work’s Sake

All throughout high school and university I had no idea what I wanted to do once I was finished with the education system. A number of career paths passed through my mind, police, army, civil service, but none of them held any lustre.

By the time I graduated from university at the age of 21, I was still none the wiser. All I knew was that I wanted to achieve a long-held dream and live in Australia for a year. But, I was too scared to take the plunge immediately.

I applied for a number of graduate jobs, none of which piqued my enthusiasm. I was doing what I thought was right instead of what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to work for a supermarket, driving around from store to store, but I applied for the job anyway because I felt like I had to.

Maybe I would like it once I started the job?

In the end, none of the applications amounted to anything. The tedious application processes which involved inane suitability tests rendered me unsuitable for these jobs. It was then that I applied for a job in a betting shop with the enticing title of Assistant Manager.

Little did I know that this title was misleading. It was essentially a cashier role with a few extra responsibilities. With little else on the horizon, I took the job in need of a morale boost and some money in my bank account.

What ensued for the following 10 months was a daily sense of foreboding whenever the time came to go into work. The job was mundane and unfulfilling. It was certainly not what I imagined doing after I graduated, yet here I was.

One plus point was that my colleagues and manager were good people. They made the job much more enjoyable, but this did not distract from the lingering sense of melancholy I experienced.

Things came to a head when a car crashed into me as I was riding home from work one night. It was at this point I realised I could not carry on down this road. If I didn’t do something about the situation now, I might never do anything about it.

I decided to realise my dream and go backpacking in Australia, no matter how scared I was at the thought of going there alone.

This started a five-year love affair with travelling and living abroad that resulted in me starting a travel blog, which today, provides me with a living.

However, it wasn’t that easy. Getting a travel blog to be profitable is difficult. It took me two years to even make money from the site, never mind make a living from it!

During this time, I taught English in Barcelona for two years, and then I returned to England and took a job working in an office. I have written about this job before, and I can say with absolute honesty that I detested this job.

It was boring, unfulfilling and uninspiring. But, it was a means to an end. I knew I had to do this job while I worked on my travel blog on the side.

I was lucky. I had my escape plan mapped out before I started. Had I not had this plan beforehand, I may have been forced to stay and work in a job that I hated.

Working in a job you hate is not exactly a problem. The majority of us will face this challenge at some point. It’s the nature of the beast.

The real issue is when you’re working in this type of jobs, but there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is no escape plan in place. This is when you should be worried.

The Takeaway

The job you do defines your life. It affects how you live, how you feel, it matters more than you realise. Your life is too short to be working in a job you don’t like.

Unless you are born into or come into wealth, you’re going to have to work. There is no getting away from this. To spend that time in a job you like opposed to one you don’t is the most desirable outcome.

Some of us fall into this by pure chance. I never thought I would be a travel blogger/writer, but here I am writing this article in an apartment in Macedonia. Opportunities present themselves and it’s important we grasp them while we can.

It’s not the worst thing in the world to be working in a job that you don’t like, but that’s only the case if you have a plan on what you want to do with your life. If you’re in a job you don’t like and you’re not trying to do anything about it, what are you doing?

    We are only here once, it’s a waste to spend that time doing something you don’t like for an extended period of time.

This is why your job is so important. There is no hierarchy of jobs. It depends on the individual. To the outsider it may appear like working in an office is better than working in construction, but I hated being stuck in an office. I much preferred working outdoors doing physical labour, even if it was tough at times.

Yes, being a Doctor or a lawyer may pay more, but what’s the point in doing it if you don’t enjoy it? You will still have the same problems as someone that hates working in a lesser paid job.

Your quality of life is what you have to consider when making career choices. If you love helping people then maybe being a Doctor is for you. But, if you don’t like long hours and pressure, then maybe it isn’t.

Don’t make the mistake of working in a job simply because you feel like you have to.

It almost never ends well.

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