What would you do if you won the lottery?
Not with the money, but with your time? All the free time you have ever wanted. Would you spend your time doing anything like what you currently do as a job? If you just thought Ha NO! Then there may be a problem.
Many of us at some point find ourselves stuck in a job that we hate because we need the money and it’s really sad. Not as sad as being homeless and starving obviously and this is probably going to come across very “first world probz” to be fair, but if you could make your already ok life better, then why wouldn’t you want to? The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. That’s 90,000 hours of your life not enjoying what you are doing or 90, 000 being miserable in the company of your co-workers. Whatever your problem is with your job it will take its toll on you. “Find a job you enjoy and you will never have to work a day in your life” my dad says that quite often. He hates his job so I believe he knows what he is talking about.
The stress of being unhappy in work will affect your health, both mentally and physically and so will affect your lifespan. So when you txt your friend to apologise for cancelling your dinner date because work is killing you, you are telling the truth. Stress out constantly over work and don’t be surprised when you have somehow run your perfectly happy relationship into the ground. Being down depressed, withdrawn and angry due to work means you are likely to drag your partner down with you. It’s a very common factor in a lot of break ups. If you allow things to get really bad you will one day find your work based misery has even seeped into your social life. Like attracts like. Have you found yourself constantly moaning about work and becoming very negative? You might not notice this until you are sat wallowing surrounded by other people who never stop moaning, wondering where all of your fun friends went? Unhappy people are no fun to be around. It’s a harsh reality.
You are unhappy at work yes but like so many you sticking it out for the money. You need the money. Realistically if you are not interested in what you are doing, you are not going to be working to your full potential. This is easily picked up on and that’s bad because it’s bad for your boss and bad for your company resulting in a damaging effect on your future prospects and career. This will eventually affect your money, the money you are risking making yourself ill and lonely for, so what is the point?
Isn’t it more important to be happy than rich? Too many people would say that being rich is happiness. To them I say look at Dan Bilzerian. Remember him? The train wreck of a man who was all over social media last year flaunting his millions with cringe worthy, staged Instagram images of his “exciting” life. I don’t know him and I don’t want to but I’d bet the £67 available in my bank right now that he isn’t a happy person..
One of the ways we are able to create our own happiness is by identifying our passion and pursuing it. Thinking about this after a few too many Jägerbombs at Leeds Festival one year inspired my lottery win idea. If you won the lottery, after the holidays, benders, festivals, luxury duvet days and of course charity stuff (that was almost a very selfish list wasn’t it ) once that all got a bit samey, what would you really want to dedicate your new found found free time to? That should lead you to what you are passionate about.
I’m not suggesting you walk out of your current job, buy a load of lottery tickets with your last wage and cross your fingers hard, that may leave you homeless and hungry and with real problems. What I’m saying is wouldn’t it be nice to turn something you care about into a career or even turn your career into something you care about?
The constant improvements in recruitment technology mean that talent sourcing is more accurate than it has ever been. It’s not a case of just filling a job role any more, employers understand the value of finding the best person for the job. If you have a talent for something it is worth investing some time, effort and I’m going to say it.. money into getting yourself qualified or experienced in your area of interest. If you keep your online CV and profiles up to date with what you are doing you shouldn’t even need to hunt for jobs in your desired field as they will start to appear in your email.
If it means being happier for the remainder of your 90 000 working hours it’s surely something worth thinking about.