I used to be stuck in a job I hated. Well, it was not so much the job but the working environment. So toxic! The only way I could tolerate the stupid policies and people was by leaving my brain outside the office. However, for financial and personal reasons, I couldn’t quit.
I wish my story was unique but it’s not. Just try Googling I hate my job but can’t leave and Google whips up more than 170 million hits. I’m sure with the economy the way it is now (i.e. like crap), most people can’t afford to be fussy about their jobs. At least they still had a job.
So, like it or not, I had to make the proverbial margarita out of the lemons life had given me.
Margarita 1: Figure out the lesson
I can’t remember who said this but it struck a chord with me ever since. When life gives you a test, don’t waste your time complaining how difficult the test is. Figure out the lesson as quickly as you can so you can pass the test and get the hell out of there. In other words, if you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, don’t stop to take pictures.
When my daily grind was dealing with horrible bosses, unreasonable customers and choking red tapes, I slowly learnt the devil is in the details, to be more assertive and develop a thick skin.
Margarita 2: Do something that nourishes your soul
My soul was shrivelling up like a bitter gourd because, for 8 hours a day, all my energy was invested in doing a job I hated. I had to redirect some of it into something that brought me happiness. After some digging around, I signed up for a writing course with the London School of Journalism. Best. Decision. Ever.
I was able to do my job without being consumed by all the other crap because I had better things to look forward to with my writing assignments.
Margarita 3: Upskill yourself for better opportunities
A colleague of mine was more miserable than me (if that was even possible!). Next thing I know, he resigned and turned into a happily successful insurance agent. His career change was a little drastic but he taught me a valuable lesson about expanding my skillset. If I couldn’t get out of the muck with my current skills then I better start to acquire new ones.
And to be honest, I’m still working on this one.
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Let me leave you with none other than Oprah Winfrey herself. The title is a bit lame (not her fault) but the content packs a solid punch.
Here’s to the both of us figuring out The Next Right Move. Cheers!