Don't Do Stuff You Hate

What you do on a daily basis should be something that you enjoy. So why then do so many people complain about their job? It seems to be that people feel trapped or stuck in their position for a multiple of reasons and the result is a lesser quality of life. I’ve asked many people to explain why they are doing what they are doing if they hate it so much. The majority of answers look fairly similar. The person is “wedged” into the circumstance. Their environment controls and defines them. They feel as though they must work there or do that thing to pay the bills. Financially, they are “obligated” to stay at their given job. They have “no other option.”

However, I argue that. I believe you can find fulfillment in many different jobs. If you are truly “wedged”, then you should be actively seeking a different job as oppose to settling for your current one. It’s simple, don’t do stuff you hate. If you truly hate something, it doesn’t matter what it is, it isn’t worth the benefits of doing that work. The journey is as important as the final destination, so why not enjoy it?

Now on a micro-level, we all have to do things we don’t enjoy, that’s part of the journey. Obstacles are always going to be in front of you. But at a broader, longer-term level, you should never do something you hate. There is ALWAYS a better, more fulfilling path out there. You just have to find it.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you currently work at a retail store. You have an entry level job that pays minimum wage, and what you do get paid barely covers your living expenses. You are hanging on by a thread. However, you feel as though you aren’t qualified enough to work anywhere else.

Instead of continuing the dreadful work at the retail store you decide to build your own website. It was kind of fun, it wasn’t overly enjoyable, but you didn’t hate it. So you decide to start building websites for local businesses to help them gain more traffic online. You do that enough times and all of the sudden you can become a full time freelancer. You now are doing something you don’t hate, making more money potentially, and you are consistently adding to your portfolio.

However, it doesn’t matter what you decide to do instead of working at the retail store, all that matters is that it isn’t something you hate. By continuously doing things you don’t hate, you will continuously push yourself in the direction of the things you love to do. So if you are young or if you are lost and you don’t know what the perfect job is for you, stop settling for a job you hate. Either find a better path or build your own.

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