Like it or not, our work is going to take up an enormous chunk of our lives. It’s what we’ll be doing 9-5 for as long as we live.
That being said, it only makes sense that we occupy our working hours with activities that we love and feel passionate about. Yet, as sad as it is, most people feel deeply dissatisfied with their jobs and longing for something else.
Ironically, there’s one single piece of career advice that many people will give few but few people will actually live out themselves. That is, to do what you love.
There is No Alternative
In reality, there’s no alternative to doing work that you love. Even if you do settle for a mundane job that doesn’t interest you at all, you’ll only wind up getting bored and quitting in the end. And if you don’t, you’ll be miserable.
You see, unless we follow that burning passion inside us, that calling that wills us to pursue the things that deeply interest and excite us, we’ll always be left wondering what would have happened if only we’d bit the bullet and tried.
My dad is a prime example. He spent many years in construction working for other people, always longing to go back and do things differently. I could have done so much more, he tells me.
Isn’t that a shame? He could have done things differently, and still can, but he isn’t alone. So many people across the globe settle for jobs that they don’t really care about - but why?
I mean, of course, there’s money. A lot of us fall into jobs for the sake of convenience, and then our financial commitments keep us there.
But life doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to enrol into a specific position of employment and then stay there forever just to stay ahead financially.
If we’re already locked in, however, it can be difficult to get out. So what do you do?
Getting Out of a Job You Hate
Getting out of a career you no longer be in can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be that way. It’s something that we can all do with a little preparation.
The most important thing to have in place before jumping ship is a safety net. A financial safety net.
It’s not only irresponsible but also pretty foolish to quit your job without any plans for supplementing your income. Once you leave, you cut off an important revenue stream. If you don’t have plans in place to replace it, you’re going to find yourself in dire straits pretty fast.
That being said, constructing a plan might sound tricky - so let’s keep it simple. All you need to do is figure out is roughly how long it’ll take before your new job or venture starts earning enough money to keep you going.
For some people that might be just a couple of months. For others, it could be an entire year. Whatever timeframe you’re looking at, first, decide how long it’ll take. Then, figure out how much money you’ll need to keep you going during that time.
Lastly, begin saving money. When you have enough to keep you going until you find something new, bite the bullet and quit your boring job for something that excites you. Do that and you’ll never look back.