How many of you wake up in the morning and absolutely hate the job that you have? How many of you figure that this is just the way it is and that’s that and suck it up? I am willing to bet that it is a lot of you, if the general consensus in this country includes you. I have several friends that while they despise their jobs they stay at them, figuring they could not be happier anywhere else either. Is that you? The problem in this country is that too many people do jobs just for the cash and not for any personal reward other than dollar signs. And by doing this, people will never be happy. The fact is we spend about 40-50 hours a week doing these jobs, which makes up a huge chunk of our time. Add the time you sleep to this, let’s say another 60 hours a week or so, and you are left with about 60 hours of your own time to do what you want. For me, that is not enough, and no job that makes me unhappy for a third of my time is worth any dollar amount.
You see, you could die tomorrow. You could become disabled tomorrow and not be able to do the things you do like to do today. You could lose that crappy job tomorrow that you work so hard for peanuts at and have to take any job that comes along. Why waste time and energy doing something that you hate? Money is not the be-all/end-all…you only get one life and why waste it being unhappy a third of the time?
If you can find something that you truly love…and I do mean LOVE…the money will come. It might take a while, you might suffer in the meantime, you might have to work a second job part time doing something else, but eventually if you work hard enough and plan far enough in advance, almost anything you like to do can make you money. Like building models? Open a hobby shop, teach a class, do demonstrations in local schools. Enjoy tending your garden? Get a job at a nursery, open a landscaping company, or start a blog and make it popular enough to make money at. The opportunities are endless.
The reason I write this is because my wife and I were discussing my current job (web stuff, video editing, html coding, photo manipulation) and her job. She is a teacher and absolutely loves her job even though it is not very financially rewarding. She does it for her love of the kids, for teaching them, coaching them, being an inspiration to them. If she wanted to be rich, she could have gone to law school or done something else. But money was never her deciding factor, job satisfaction was. She chased her dream through 3 states ending up here in California. She continually takes classes, attends seminars and does workshops. She really could not ask for anything more. As for me, I was that guy working in an office job that I hated; in fact, I hated almost all of my office jobs since college, even though they were considered “glamorous” jobs by my family because they were in the movie and television world. I got to travel the world, meet lots of interesting people and make real good money. But I was never satisfied no matter how many dollar bills were in my wallet. As I mentioned before on this site, after some careful discussions with the wife and some friends, along with saving some cash, I up and quit my job without having another job lined up. It was the best decision I ever made and now I do what I want, on my terms, from my home.
Money can buy you stuff and security, that’s for sure. No argument from me there. But if the money comes at the expense of your mental and physical health, is it worth it? I don’t think so. Anything is possible, even if you feel like it is only a pipe dream. A few classes here, a license or 2 there, and you are well on your way to making a living WHILE you are living…not waiting until retirement to have the life you always dreamed of. I don’t mean this to be preachy at all, but if you are in a job/career you hate and you are dreaming of something better, NOW is the time to act. It can be done. Do what you love and the money will come. I promise. And for those of you loving your job and getting paid at the same time, congrats. You are amongst the few!