It is a great thing to have a career. However, it is important to enjoy the job you have if you are trying to build your life. If you are simply working to make money you will not find satisfaction in what you do and could possibly find yourself unemployed one day. Therefore, lets take a look at why you should like what you do for a living in order to live.
When I first started working full time after college, I switched careers three times. My first job was awesome but I was not making enough money to live on my own. My second job was cool as I got to wear a suit everyday but I just did not have the heart to manipulate people in order to make a sale.
When it came to my third job, I thought I hand landed on a foundation that I would never move from. I was making enough money to live on my own, working with individuals I could relate to, and had a schedule that fit my lifestyle. But, after 8 plus years of dedication and only receiving one promotion regardless of my education and previous experience (which was better in comparison to those getting promoted around me), I considered leaving the company. I stuck around to see what my last evaluation would propose for I hoped to be in the “ready now” status for advancement. Honestly, I would have even accepted an “almost ready” for advancement but instead was found to be just average despite the fact that I ran half of the building on numerous occasions. Long story short; that was all the confirmation I needed. I quit, cashed in on my 401k, and started making more money than the managers two levels above me did at that employer.
What I learned from that experience was how I found prosperity through patience and being honest with myself rather than going through the motions. I did not simply jump at the first opportunity that presented itself to me. I waited to see how things would pan out, interviewed with different companies, and was blessed to find one not only more fitting but better paying too. I had come to the point of wanting to be happy rather than just employed because sooner or later I would have become complacent as a professional. Then, I would have been looking for another job because I was fired rather than unappreciated for my skill set.
Another aspect that led me to continue switching jobs before settling with my new employer was the lack of self-confidence I withheld while working for the other three. I always felt like I could be doing more. Once I realized that my last employer was not going to promote me to a new level of responsibility despite all I had given them, I was sure that it was time to go. Not only was my career at risk of looking stagnant but my self-esteem was also on the line. I knew what I was worth and it was time for me to link up with another business who understood me the same way.
One of the major reasons things did not work out with the three previous employers was how I had to live from paycheck to paycheck. Now, I take full responsibility for any financial matters that I brought on myself. However, even when the bills were paid I still was only able to do so much for fun. With me being an outgoing guy, I like to spend time with my friends and family. No, I do not go out every day, but being able to enjoy a fast food snack or a game of bowling here and there means a lot. Instead, because of how much money I was making I had to sacrifice paying bills if I wanted to be able to have a social life and that simply did not add up to peace and happiness. Also, when I started dating my girlfriend who is now my wife, I could remember sitting in the house on a few occasions either thinking about the food that we did not have to eat, some of the places we could not go, or if our lights were going to be on. Even in the midst of my relationship, we were very frugal with our money and accounted for every penny. Eventually, we started sitting down and writing out weekly budgets on a daily basis and came to the conclusion that we were not making enough to live comfortably. Now, we could have downgraded to a smaller place or got rid of one of our cars but that would have only made things harder and being that we both had college degrees we knew that we were entitled to more from either our employers or another employer somewhere else.
Non-judgmental toward others
Finally, one of the other major reasons for being at peace with your career is how it affects the way you see others. Either you will be jealous of the people around you or appreciate the people around you. I spent many years being jealous watching people get to work later, leave earlier, and get paid more while also getting to spend more time with their family. I had tried switching jobs on numerous occasions just to be able to live a better lifestyle while still making the same type of money, not thinking about the fact that I should probably look for a job where I could take on more responsibility and get more pay. When considering my leadership experience coupled with my education I have been trained for a higher level of work. It was not until I came to the point of recognizing it that I decided to take on a stronger role with another company and found my happy place as I no longer became jealous of others, but instead listened as others envied the career opportunity I had discovered and found myself mentoring them on things they should discover within themselves in order to find their happy place as well. It felt good to not look at television, magazines, walk my neighborhood, or watch the news and get jealous of what others were doing but instead feel good about what I was doing too as I was finally happy with a career that treated me with respect and enable me to supply my family with a better life.