Ah yes. The grind – the daily slog of going through the working day.
I’ve been there. I’ve lived it. There were good days and there were bad days – it is what it is.
However, since then I have had several jobs trying to figure out what I should be doing with my life. In fact, I didn’t find something that I felt was “me” until I was 30 and all the while getting there I stressed and panicked about “getting too old” and “never finding a career”.
As a side note, I was always disillusioned about turning 30 – always fearful that it was the end. How wrong I was. It took me a while, but I’m finally starting to break out of my shell and turn my hand to different roles.
Well, here I am now – quite by luck, but also by making the right connections in the past. You never know when it’ll come back around.
Still, I remember “the grind” and how it affected me.
Now, some individuals actually love the day to day routine and that’s fine – in fact it’s great and I envy them.
For me, it just wasn’t the one. I had a lot of good times though, but the bad times were a real drag. When you’re the on-the-ground staff member and you’re facing down the barrel of a late finish with more work to do than hours to do it – well, if you’ve been there you’ll understand.
Productivity can be a real bugger when you’re the one expected to go above and beyond.
All this to say that sometimes it’s easy to just carry on, even if you’re not as happy as you could be. Time and time again my work mates and I would moan and waffle about how we’d had enough and wanted to find something else and blah, blah, blah.
This went on for days, then weeks and then years – we were all still there having a whinge. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a whinge or a moan and we all need to get it off our chest. However, since finding a job I enjoy, there’s no moaning or whinging. I’m having ups and downs but it’s an entirely positive experience.
That’s been the key difference for me and I never once thought I’d find a job I’d actually enjoy – especially when there’s the whole stigma of “work is work – it’s not supposed to be enjoyable”. I believed that myth for way too long.
What I’m trying to say is finding the place that works for you is one of the most important things about work.
Turn your hand to anything and you might be surprised what you enjoy.
Find a job you enjoy and never work a day in your life.