Are you a slave to your wage?
As a career coach, I get clients that are making a lot of money in their career, yet they’re still unsatisfied.
They tell me,
- "All I do is work all day,
and it's just for a paycheck" -
There’s something missing in their lives.
They’re not working towards their passion or doing things that they actually enjoy.
Imagine doing a task that you don’t enjoy doing, for a long period of time.
Now imaging being stuck doing that for years and years, because that’s what you’re being paid to do. You would go crazy.
So the money, then, is the only thing that’s keeping you in that job, even though you hate what you do.
This is what it means to be a wage slave.
This is a HUGE problem!
So many people are unhappy in their jobs, and it’s actually becoming an epidemic.
Think about it…if you’re working full time, and you’re not satisfied with your job, that means you’re spending at least 40 hours a week doing something you don’t like.
You’re not working for your passion, you’re working for a paycheck.
Some people spend their entire lives in jobs they hate, and they say
"Well I just have to do it, I have to pay the bills, I have to feed the kids"
And you can see it in their eyes
- they're dead inside.
If the tasks you don’t enjoy outweigh the ones you do enjoy, you’re in for a nasty reality check in a few years.
You’ll be totally burnt out, and won’t have any energy left to spare – and yet you’ll be forced to stay at work to pay for your lifestyle.
You’ll become fully dependant on something you hate.
A slave to your paycheck.
I know plenty of people that tell me they’re willing to take half of their pay cut just to do something that they enjoy doing.
And it makes perfect sense.
When your job offers you no pleasure at all, you really want to get out.
The amount of money you make is irrelevant if you’re not happy.
It might be time to move on.
You don’t want to waste years of your life being a wage slave and doing something that you don’t enjoy, just for money.
Even if you currently don’t feel drained, it’ll get to a point where the stress builds up, the pressure builds up, and all other things happening in your personal life come knocking at the same time, and you’re going to have a breakdown.
Don’t leave it till the last minute.
At the end of the day, your happiness is what matters most.
If you think your job is worth salvaging, you could try to pick out the things you like most and refocus your role.
If there is something positive you can focus on at work, it could make all the difference.
If your job doesn’t have anything like that – it might not be the job for you.
It’s as simple as that.
At the end of the day though, you should consider every possible angle.
Think about making a lot of money, or working on something you’re passionate about…
Which is more important to you?
Until next time,