The Don't Quit Podcast

Why you should do your best even if you hate your job

Chances are you hate your job.  I'm going to show you why you should do your best even if you hate your job. You groan every Sunday night. Your legs feel weak as you walk down the office hallway. You want to destroy your alarm clock every morning from all the anger you get.

To begin, I’m sorry to hear about this problem. Your career is a big part of your life and when it doesn’t fulfill your need, it can really destroy your soul. It’s difficult to leave that anger when hitting the time card.

As you’re able to identify this problem, I’m sure you’ve read all the career advice in the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all said the same thing: get out.

It’s well said and I won’t deny it. If you feel like your life is wasting away and in constant unhappiness, it really is best to start looking elsewhere. But I’m going to be real and say that’s not always an option when a lot of people are depending on you or you're in a small niche.

Now I know you’re thinking “Ok, but what else?” You’re already looking for a new gig. But when you’re ready to leave, want to make sure you won’t encounter the same problem (or even worse) in your new job. You would be more selective and take your time.

That means you’re going to have to bear your terrible position for a little longer and looking for that advice that will ease this pain. That’s why I’m going to over 5 points that can make this a little bit easier for you that doesn’t involve you burning bridges and getting that unemployment check.

1. Assess Your Situation

You’ve probably have done this, or maybe not. It’s easy to overlook this when your emotions are an all time high that we don’t think rationally about what’s causing our unhappiness.

So, ask yourself the hard questions about your situation. What about your position do you hate or is it your employer? Is there one aspect that sours everything? Did you dislike the second you were hired?

This actionable step isn’t easy and not what you want to hear. But this is what you need to understand in order to focus on how to solve this.

2. Have the Tough Conversations

Once you’ve found out what the problem(s) that you’re facing it’s time to questions about it. Is the work too much? Do you feel you’re not getting the respect you deserve? Are you not getting along with your co-workers. Let your employer or HR know about this frustration. A lot relationships, both in personal and professional is built on communication and if they don’t know what’s bothering, don’t expect them to solve it on their own.

That Employee life-cycle can look like Emily is hired and gets acquainted with the new position. Emily’s manager assumes everything is going great. Suddenly, Emily resigns and says everything was miserable.

Yes, it’s the manager’s job to make sure you’re working while supporting you. But no matter how good a manager is, they aren’t mind readers. If you’re happy, you’re going to have to let them know. Great managers will want to keep their talent and will advise how they can make your happiness better.

3. Switch Your Perspective

“Just think positive” is another no brainer saying that you’ll hear all the time in this situation. And I’m not going to say that. But I will say a quick shift in perspective can make a difference.

When you’re struggling with everything you do, it can feel like you’re bidding your time — you’re just putting up with it. But that attitude doesn’t make it better, only worse.

So instead of looking at your job as literally a prison cell, look at it as the most character building opportunity you can get. After all, what’s more challenging than making it through a day at a job you hate? Not a lot.

4. Vent About It

I’ve seen it multiple times, people vent out their rage on social media — and I don’t recommend it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t vent elsewhere. Actually, some venting can be good for you — as long as you’re careful about it.

So grab a close friend or family members and talk about all your feelings and frustrations. Yes, I know complaining doesn’t fix things, but you’ll feel better and the person you’re talking might have the advice you need to make everything just a little more bearable.

5. Do Your Best Work

You’re not feeling good, you’re probably not working as good as you can be. I feel you, it’s a struggle to do your best, when you don’t feel like it matters. But that mediocrity is just fuel for that fire and doesn’t look good on your work ethic when things are tough.

So keep pushing and don’t quit just yet. By still doing your best will allow you to have a stronger exit strategy and be more peace of mind. At least you’ll go home feeling you did your best which is something no looks down on.

All in all don’t quit just yet, and you’ll look back on this and realize just how much you’ve gained from it. Best of luck.


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