Usually when I hear someone say they love their job I want to punch them. Or ask them what they did in their former life to have such good karma. I don’t think those words have ever considered coming out of my mouth. Because jobs suck.
But there are a few mighty fine reasons to love your job even if you hate it.
1. Mostly, your job pays you.
And if it doesn’t, then that’s called slavery (or possibly an internship), and you need to leave.
Money is good. Money is really, really good for things like food and clothes and shelter. It can make you feel secure.
And if you feel secure, there’s a better chance you’re going to be a nicer person. And nicer people are generally happier people.
Of course you’d probably be happier if you didn’t hate your job. But it’s generally easier to find happiness when you feel financially secure than when you don’t. Just think of the Great Depression.
2. Your job is not looking for a job, which is totally the worst kind of job.
Combing through job boards, networking, writing resumes, filling out applications, interviewing…these all fall in the category of Least Fun Things To Do With Your Life.
Looking for a job doesn’t pay anything. It is thankless work that can bear no fruit for months on end. It’s the position no one wants.
At least the job you hate pays you to be miserable.
3. You feel happy leaving work.
Just think about it. If you had a job you actually loved, then you’d probably be sad to leave it.
You wouldn’t want to go home every day and snuggle up on the couch with Netflix and your refrigerator.
You wouldn’t count down the days to your vacation. You wouldn’t be excited for the weekend. No TGIF for you.
Happy hours would be sad hours because you wouldn’t be working at the job you love so much.
It’s pretty euphoric to leave a job you hate every day.
4. You don’t have to explain that you’re unemployed.
When people ask what you do, you have an answer.
Even if you’re not proud of it or your job title doesn’t explain anything about what you actually do all day, at least you don’t have to say you’re unemployed or in between jobs or looking for work.
That’s about it. I ran out of reasons at four. There could be more. But if you hate your job, chances are the reasons why will outweigh this list no matter how long I make it.
So if you hate your job, how long are you going to hate it for? Because in 10 or 20 years you could still be hating your job if you don’t start looking for the emergency exit now.
There are about a bajillion ways to make money, and your job is just one of them. Figure out which of those ways won’t kill you. Then plan your escape.
You could hate your job till you’re 65. Or you could be one of those crazy people who walk around claiming they love their job.
It might be hard to believe, but I think it’s actually possible.
And when you make it happen, I promise I won’t punch you.