Well, I think that sums things up very well. Life is far too short to spend a majority of it at a job you don’t love, or at least like very, very much.
So I challenge you, on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being complete passion for your job and 1 being complete loathing of your job — what would your score be?
It is my feeling that any score below an 8 is unacceptable.
So what do you do if you scored it a 4 or 5… or worse, quit right now? Probably not a great idea. But you should ask yourself a few questions…
1. How can I make my job MUCH better?
2. What could I ask my manager/boss to do that would make my job MUCH better? (If the answer is that they would quit – you have another problem).
3. If I can’t make this job better, what job would make me happy?
4. What is a plan I can put in place right away so that I can get out of this job and into an awesome job in the next 6 months?
If things are bad today that does not mean you should jump ship immediately and put yourself (and your family if you have one) in financial stress, but you should make a commitment that by this time next year you will be someplace that will score an 8, 9 or 10. And if you do not believe that is possible, take it from someone who scores their job a 12+++, you can absolutely have a job/career that is fun, fulfilling, enjoyable and financially rewarding. But YOU have to make it that way, you have to find a place where your skills and talents add massive value to your employer and/or the marketplace — and that adds massive value (financially and emotionally) back to you. That is how work is supposed to work!