No one said it was going to be easy, but why are so many people stuck in jobs they derive little to no pleasure from? Jobs that do not appreciate but deprecate them? Or jobs that do not empower but depower them?
What about jobs that discourage rather than encourage them? Or jobs that decrease rather than increase them?
And maybe jobs that degrade instead of upgrade, deflate rather than inflate, demote rather than promote, or enslave rather than liberate them?
The truth is that there are countless reasons why people often decide to stay in jobs that make their lives miserable. These are the so-called jobs that have no bearing on where they are headed in life.
Some of these jobs apart from failing to add value to people’s lives may even take away the bit of value that is left in someone’s life.
While so much content has been written about why people should not stick to jobs they hate, the reality of the situation is that it may not be that easy to make the change.
I mean, this is life, and stuff happens. But if you really want to live a life that fulfills your God-given purpose, it probably would start by spending a good 8 hours of your life every day, in a job that aligns with bringing out the best in you.
And the only way to make that decision that would turn your life around for the better is to understand the reason so many people are stuck with jobs that suck.
Maybe, it is time to make that leap. But, first, let’s dive right into the reasons.
Reasons People are Stuck with Jobs They Hate
- They think they have no choice. Many times, as humans, we allow our limited vision of the world impact the way we reason out things, including our decision-making abilities. Many people remain hooked unto jobs they wished they never stepped into for another day because they think there is no other way out. We become so comfortable with the norm, that it soon metamorphoses into ‘our only choice’. This type of thinking has kept so many people at the same job for so many years, with little to no progress, and with none of it in sight.
- Individual and Family Responsibilities. “How would I support myself and my family?” “How would I pay the bills?” These are some of the questions that plague the minds of people stuck with jobs they hate even the thought of. The burden of ‘necessary’ responsibilities makes people grasp onto those self-deprecating jobs that suck the life out of them.
- Limited skill set or education. People may be stuck with jobs they hate because they lack the skill set or education to move onto greener pastures. And rather than doing what is necessary to obtain the additional certifications or job training that is required to move on, they become too comfortable and sulk it out at those jobs that suck.
- Fear of the Unknown. We all love certainties/concreteness and hate abstract theories. We want to be a 100 percent sure of certain ventures before we step into them. The fear of what lies ahead, makes people remain at the same jobs for X number of years. The fear of how long it may take to get another job or start off a business that aligns more with one’s purpose often limits the extent people would be willing to go, to make needed changes.
- Some people just cannot take risks. Is there any successful person in life that never took risks? People would rather remain with what they are used to- getting that meager paycheck at the end of the month than find the courage to leap into their destinies.
- Excuses. This I believe is one of the worst reasons why people decide to stay with jobs that do nothing more than bringing them misery. These types of people have excuses about why they cannot do what they need to do. Excuses from, “a bird in hand is worth ten in the bush”, to “the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know”, are some of the things you may hear them say.
So, what is the Way Forward? What can people do to turn the tides of their lives around for the better?
- Recognize that change is difficult but achievable. You have to get to that place and make the decision for yourself. You must make up your mind that change is necessary and of the essence.
- You must be willing to step out of that comfort zone of yours and be ready to do or learn new things. Go ahead and get the necessary training, education or certifications. It’s time to do what is right for you.
- Align yourself with the right associations. Why do you go hang out with people that have nothing to add to your life? How helpful do you think it would be to keep hanging out with naysayers? People who only see impossibilities and all the reasons something is not going to work out? Be wise!
- Become information greedy. It’s your life, and you’ve got to live it for YOU. And that includes becoming voracious about the information needed to take you to your next level. Sometimes, what differentiates a successful person from an unsuccessful one is the access to information that the successful person has. Go online, research topics or areas that align with where you are headed with your life.
- Finally, be open to job-retraining. You must know that your success is not tied to your college degree or primary vocation. Be ready to try on new things, because there are indeed many roads to success. Plus, you may never know!
In wrapping this up,
Your life is too precious, a gift that ought to be nurtured and lived WELL. You do not have to spend your active years sulking it out at a job you hate. It’s time to step out from your comfort zone and do what is right for YOU!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!