I hate my job. Is something wrong with me?

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I hate my job, is something wrong with me?


Imagine this scenario. You have your dream job. You have money coming in hand over fist. Job security–absolutely. Its everything you’ve ever imagined for yourself. Yet, something is missing. You wake up in the morning, and force yourself out of bed. Stop off to get that Latte or Espresso that you need just to think about walking into the pit of hell that is your workplace. Maybe you pull into the parking lot and close your eyes for a minute trying to muster the strength to walk towards the building.

You should be thrilled. This job has been on your dream board since you were 10! You worked so hard in college, and you want to prove to yourself and others, that the massive debt in student loans was well worth it. So why are you so unhappy?

Ask yourself a few questions.

1. What are your objections to the job?

For this one, really dig down deep, and forgo all the pre-programmed jargon that comes to mind. Are your objections moral? Is it the job in general? Is it your coworkers? Now take a look at your own actions. Is there something you can do to change any of these things? Could you have a better relationship with your co workers? Could you do something to improve your work environment?

2. Are you the same person you were when you were 10, 16 or 20?

Probably not. Life happened. You’re probably a completely different person, so why wouldn’t you want a completely different life? It’s ok that your dreams change, just recognize that they might be different than they were 10 years ago.

3. I’ve worked so hard to get here, why can’t I be satisfied?

Because you’re human. If humans were easily satisfied we would still be getting excited about making fire with rocks and sticks. A little bit of dissatisfaction is a good thing, as long as it doesn’t drive you crazy. Dissatisfaction fuels innovation and excellence. You’re not settling for mediocrity.

I hate my job! Why?

Figure out why you hate your job, and then figure out if you can change something you’re doing to make it more enjoyable. Your job might be the problem and maybe it’s time to leave, but there is almost certainly something you can change about the way you’re approaching it to make it less of a grind.

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