One of the most pathetic scenes I’ve seen was the sight of a young woman in tears because she feared losing her job. It’s not that I think of her job lightly. Rather, I think we should have enough faith and confidence in ourselves that we can always find a job. Jobs come and go but it’s what we think of ourselves that will define us.
A job is not everything.
All decent jobs regardless of pay are valuable. They put food on our tables and help send our children to school. They make those dream travels possible and help us save for a secure retirement. Yet this still doesn’t mean that work should take top priority in your life. Somewhere along the way your jobs may change, but you can never bring back the missed times with your spouse, children or even good health.
If you’re not happy, then leave it.
What’s stopping you from quitting? Is it the loss of a high income and position or simply the fear of uncertainty? Whining about how terrible your work is will never solve anything. You’ll only contribute to the toxic in the world. Don’t give terrible bosses or companies the upper hand knowing you’re only a whiner who’s also too scared to do anything about it. The reason a bad situation continues is because you give it permission to.
There’s something better in store.
On the flipside of whining lies a positive action that will do you more good. You’ll never know what’s in store for you until you take a step toward it. So give a little respect to yourself. Some of the most successful people started in not so fancy jobs. It was only until they quit (or got removed from) those jobs that the world opened up for them. They freed their minds at last and had the chance to take on ventures that truly interested them.
Work on something that you love. Don’t settle.
Take it from the great Steve Jobs himself. His advice summed it all up. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
Fortune favors the bold.
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Tiger Woods, Lady Gaga, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and James Cameron. What have these names got in common? They all dropped out from college, pursued their dreams and made it to the top. This is not to say that we should all quit college. It’s that we shouldn’t allow the dictates of society to mold our lives into a box that we live in fear from pursuing what we really want to do. It will take a lot of guts, sacrifice and hard work. Yet as these famous names have shown it, the Universe does favor the bold.