If you’ve read some of my past writings, you’ll know that I’m not crazy about my current line of work. I get paid fairly well. I get along great with my boss and I do get to work from home. There are things about my job that aren’t that bad. The problem is I’ve never been all that interested in doing IT work, at least not in the roles I’ve done so far. So as I keep my eyes open for new opportunities, something occurred to me today. Although it’s not the ideal way to go through life, there are certain benefits to be had if you hate your job.
Saving For Retirement And Early Work Departure
I’m fiscally conservative by nature. I learned from my dad and the way he conducts his operation. But in reality, saving money to me provides a way out. A way out of having to spend 40 hours a week doing something I dread doing. It is something that is constantly in the back of my mind. I’m always fascinated by some of my friends who enjoy their jobs but spend money like crazy. While I’m sincerely happy for them that they have jobs they love, it can all be gone in an instant. Their employer might downsize or be bought out by a competitor who wants to go in a new direction. In that case you could no longer have that awesome job nor much in the way of savings since it was being spent as soon as it comes in.
So yes, while I am fairly disgruntled during the majority of the workday, I’m constantly thinking of ways to save and grow money. When I’m not looking at the budget, I’m looking at our retirement accounts. And when I’m not doing those things, I’m watching the stock market. One could argue that I should be spending more time looking at job openings (my loving wife). As she says, if you hate your job, change it. But thanks to this saving mentality, we have positioned ourselves well for retirement. There also is more than enough breathing room to venture out of my current profession to hopefully create future workplace happiness. I don’t really feel bound to the job, it is just something that I keep doing until something else comes up. The pressure is off in a sense.
If You Hate Your Job You May Greatly Appreciate The Next One
Everyday I ask my wife how her day went. Most often the reply is “busy but really good”. In fact just yesterday I told her that since she has switched to her new job, I don’t recall her saying that she’s had a bad day at work. It could be that the new gig is just that awesome or perhaps it is because the former job sucked so bad. Maybe a combination of the two? I believe that subliminally, a person will appreciate a new job more when you come from something you can’t stand doing. Initially anyways.
Developing New Networks, Skills, And Side Ventures
A funny thing can happen when you are miserable at your 8 to 5. All of a sudden a person can find themselves blogging, building a social media brand, reading books on investing, starting side businesses etc. When you strive to break free, I’ve found myself developing new skills. And to top it all off, most of them are quite enjoyable! I’m also enjoying chatting it up with fellow bloggers and reading their work that they crank out. Getting fresh and sometimes differing points of view from all over the country is a tremendous thing. It remains to be seen if these new skills can turn into monetary gains but if nothing else they are fun hobbies.
This Stuff Builds Character
Life isn’t always rosy. It’s not fair at times. Learning to do things (and work) that you don’t want to do is a good thing. In fact, every time my phone rings my stomach turns a bit. Sometimes you just have to eat that crap sandwich and take losses. It all builds character for down the road in life. When it is time to face adversity during future challenges, you will be ready to face them head on. Win or lose, pass or fail. It won’t faze you and you will keep moving forward. Get you some grit folks!
The Wrap Up
Sometimes in this world we have to look at silver linings. If you love your job or even like it most days, I am envious. That is a huge thing! But if you do hate your job, make the best of it while you search for something better. Save a whole bunch of money, meet new people and develop new skills. Try to get paid for them. Grow some thick skin and use that to your advantage in your new ventures. You just might find that these attributes will get you closer to the finish line sooner than you think!