I desperately want to hate Friday’s. Not the restaurant, the day of the week. Well technically I don’t want to hate any day of the week. Let me explain. As it is right now, Friday is typically a good day. The weekend is right around the corner and this means escaping the dreaded workweek grind for a couple of days. Friday evening is fun, total relaxation maybe even a beer or three! Fast forward to Saturday, what a beautiful day. It doesn’t matter if the weather is garbage or yard work is on the agenda, it’s hard to screw up a Saturday. But then Sunday rolls around. And it happens fast. The dread starts to sink in, the realization that Monday is a day away.
I want to try to turn this depressing path around and reverse course. I’d much rather hate Friday’s, meaning not wanting the work week to conclude. And then in turn, love Monday’s! If you, the readers, have a job that you really enjoy, I am jealous! This is a huge accomplishment in itself because the majority of people don’t. Since we spend roughly a quarter of the total hours of the week working, this is important stuff. Even a much higher percentage if we subtract sleep from the equation.
Instead of being miserable however, I am energized every morning to wake up and try to figure out the best way to change this situation. To me it is more of a challenge instead of something that gets me down. I work in the IT profession, I have for about 15 years now. Basically I get to fix problems all day and in between I listen to people bitch and complain about various things not working up to their expectations. I’ve had people who call me for help numerous times say that they would never be able to work in IT. That really makes me wonder when I hear that. Is it really that bad compared to other professions? The job certainly is mentally draining at times but I know there are far worse professions.
Now I’m definitely not wanting anyone to feel sorry for me. I get paid fairly well and hey, at least I have a job right? There are lots of folks that aren’t so lucky. However, as I wrote about here, there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve a situation. I sincerely believe that a huge key to overall happiness is to really enjoy going to work. This is happening right now as Mrs. Defined Sight is loving her new job after years of being stressed and burned out. Her success is providing huge motivation for me to find something new.
When I was younger, I used to think success was based upon how much money you make. While the money is nice for some, I am truly convinced that if you aren’t happy Monday-Friday, you are not winning in life. 40-50 hours is far too much time to waste every single week. And make no mistake, there are a lot of millionaires who are miserable out there. Granted, that may not always be due to their jobs but I’m sure in some cases it is.
Being a fairly competitive person, I want to be as good as possible at what I do. I want very badly to exceed expectations, who doesn’t right? The problem is, I firmly believe a person who is not passionate about their work will never reach full potential or be as good as someone who is. There is really no way to compete with someone who loves what they do. They will spend hours perfecting their craft and enjoy doing it. That my friends is a winning formula.
So what is the point of this post? Maybe an accountability check for me. The mission is to find an occupation or to start the business that will make me hate Friday’s; I don’t want to clockout. I’m tired of coasting along and just collecting a pay check and being uninspired about the work that I do. While I am appreciative of having a job and will continue to work at it until I figure out the next move, I don’t want to have regret.
Do you the readers have any advice? Have you left a career to start a different path? Comments appreciated!!!