When I decided that cubicle life was the exact opposite of the life I wanted to lead, I made the not-so-easy decision to quit my job. Everyone told me I was crazy. “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” I was told repeatedly by some family and friends. But I wasn’t convinced when I put in my notice, and I’m not convinced now, four months later, either.
You know if you’re unhappy. If you wear your emotions on your sleeve, then odds are that everyone else knows it, too.
It’s tough! It’s tough to be told that you’re just falling in line…. paying your dues… you’re working your way up to the top by spending the best years of your life in a job that you hate, because it’s what you’re SUPPOSED to do. After I graduated from college and threw myself into the “real world” that everyone warned me about, I met a girl who told me – and I quote – “You’re going to hate yourself in your 20s, but it will make it that much better in your 30s.”
Nope. Not happening.
I’m sorry that I’m not sorry, but I disagree with that 100%. Sure, we may have to start at the bottom of some company to learn the ins and outs of a particular field… but at what expense? At what point in our lives did we look in the mirror and tell ourselves that we cannot WAIT to become a “Technical Systems Analyst under the Senior Director of Communications in Training in collaboration with the Head of Accounting and Finance?”
WTF does that even mean?
Is that a job title? Probably not. But, it could be… and you get my point. Why are we doing things that we are not happy with? Why are we struggling with a job we hate when we could instead be focusing all of our efforts and time into doing something we love… and we’re probably better at than we are at what we do with our current “real” jobs!
If you find a job working for a company that you love and that you throw yourself into completely, HIGH FIVE. That’s glorious, and I’m super happy for you! If not, then find one that you DO love, or create one that you do love. Life is toooooooo short to complain and be miserable all of the time. Love your life, love your work, or change them!
This is why I love the community on Project Eve so much… it’s a giant group of like-minded women all willing and excited to help each other out with struggles and goals. If you want help creating something like your own company, reach out to people for some solid guidance! If you want help getting a new job that you’ll love and wake up being excited about, again, reach out to people. You’re never stuck. Find something ya like, and smile more in the mornings!
Would love to have your thoughts on this topic!
What did it take for you to realize that you were ready to create your own career? How did you find or create that job that you love? If you don’t love what you’re doing, what are you going to do to fix it, and how can I help?