Are You Stuck With The Wrong Job? The Cost of Doing Nothing

by Frank

Sleep on the Wrong Job

Photo by JetAlone

(I’ve been stuck with the wrong job once before.)

I sat at my desk staring at the screen, waiting patiently for the numbers located in the bottom right hand corner to change. To my amazement, it seems that every 60 seconds I was rewarded by the increase of one digit on the clock. The challenge was, it slowly went from 8:00 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. while my eyes were stuck on it. My shift had just begun. How in the world could the beginning of my day be so painfully torturous? The only thing worse than punching in was hearing the blaring alarm clock at the very beginning of the day to start it.

Am I the Only One Who Hates My Job?

For a while, I thought it was just me. I thought I was the only one who went through the day in a zombie like state with only the occasional cup of coffee to give me the temporary feeling of being alive. I thought I was the only one on twitter updating the world about which buttons I was currently pushing on my keyboard. I thought I was the only one who updated my Facebook status during the day talking about how much I would like to be off work.

You Hate Your Job Too

Come to find out I am not alone. There are tons of people just like me that enjoy the 5 minutes just before lunch, you know the time where you start to packing up your things before it’s really time to go. There are others who spend time looking at the pictures on failblog.org and watching random videos on YouTube. Did you see the one about the cat playing the piano? There are people just like me who stare at the pictures on their desk searching for an escape that won’t materialize until it’s quitting time.

How did so many of us end up like this?

How Did We Get Stuck With Jobs We Hate?

Maybe we chose the wrong career path. I mean lets be honest, people take jobs because they need money, not because of some deep rooted dream to be a part of an employment community. The truth is student loans need to be paid, mouths need to be feed, kids extra curricular activities need sponsorship, and poor spending habits have to be supported. Not everyone of us have been in the position where we can negotiate salary. We reserve that for people who have arrived. In fact most of the early jobs I had, I was just excited to be on payroll.

The State of Job Dissatisfaction

Stuck in this state, where life seems like a never ending repetitious cycle where things don’t get better but remain the same, people continually choose to go about never doing anything to change their situations. Instead of doing something, we sit at our desks dead to the world and the people around us, going through the motions. We long for breaks and gossip because we can’t stand to actually pay attention to the place and state we are in. We look to 5 Hour Energy, coffee and Red bull to wake us up from a comma. That’s not gonna cut it.

Yet day by day many don’t do anything to change it.

The Sucky Job Dilemma

Well I have something I must tell you…. As long as you are comfortable where you are, you are never going to feel pressured to move. If you are not doing anything to improve your life or career don’t be shocked to be in the same place in 10 years.

If you are comfortable living from check to check, keep staring at the clock at the bottom of the screen.

If you don’t mind allowing others to make the rules and enjoy office politics where you are constantly the overlooked employee, continue complaining about how much you hate your job.

If you don’t want to make any progress in your life, keep sitting in your seat and doing nothing.

The Career Antidote

Take a risk. Take a chance. Don’t let things remain the same. Be bold enough to go after the things you really want. Why? Because the cost of doing nothing is more than anyone should be willing to pay. Take OWNERSHIP of your career and your life.

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