Last week, I was asking why are we soooo looking forward to Friday’s in our life. I am the type of guy who believes that you can and should be happy at work. I am also with the crowd that believes if you are not, you should quit your job this very moment (well… just after reading this article ). Traciatim, a long time TFB reader, was telling me in the comment section that several people have “ordinary” or “below ordinary” jobs and that they need to do them (since someone needs to do it right?). The point was that most people don’t have an exciting job and therefore, definitely look forward the weekend to “live their life” and subsequently become not so happy thinking about Monday morning.
On the very same day, one of my friends wrote me an email. She was very excited because she had made a huge decision in her life; she was going after the perfect job. She had been working in the same industry, for the same company in the same department for the past 5 years. She was pretty bored and didn’t really like her job. However, she was making a good salary, she knew the job by heart and it was enough for her to pay the bills. She had fallen in her comfort bubble.
However, there was a deeper desire inside her. She always wanted to work in the TV industry. She always wanted to work in this field but never made the move since she was “too comfortable” in her own boring life. After several years of making excuses such as “I’m entering a relationship”, “we are about to buy a house”, “I just got a raise”, she finally decided to quit her job and pursue her dreams.
I applaud her courage and determination in the search for a better future. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s an easy and fun adventure! Back in 2007, I wrote that the best thing I did was to quit my job. But I need to say that it’s not always happy times between the moment you hand in your resignation and when you sign a new contract!
This is exactly what is happening to my friend; she will be making 15% less than her previous job and she will have to start all over from the bottom of the corporate ladder. The TV industry is one of a kind and she is not entering in this world through the big door since she doesn’t know anyone.
On the other hand, her losses are compensated by the fact that she is thrilled to start a new career and that she is highly motivated to start next Monday. I guess that, for a while at least, she won’t be saying TGIF ;-).
I think that there is not a magic recipe to be happy at work. But if you are not happy where you are, you can’t wait for your employer or your colleagues to do something about it. This is something you need to solve by yourself. I once read this very interesting question in a book;
By answering this question, you will find your perfect job. You will be able to determine the factors that really matter to you and you can then work on fitting them into your life. Nothing is perfect by the way, so the perfect job doesn’t exist. However, being happy at work (most of the time) is possible. And this is what I am after.
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