The poison we eat

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

Stop me if you’ve heard this conversation before.

“I hate my job. I've got to get out of this place, it's killing me.”


“Why don’t you find a job that makes you happy?”


“I’ve tried, but the pay is less, and the benefits aren’t as good.”


“So, you won't take a new job because your current one pays you too much?”


“Exactly!”


That my friends - is the poison we eat.


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this conversation in my life. There are so many people who have jobs that make them miserable and they live with the hope of one day they will find the perfect job that makes them happy. Yet they never do because the job they really want pays less. They stay in a job that makes them miserable because it pays more. More money equals more poison.


Makes perfect sense, right?


Sunday is the worst day of the week for them. The previous Friday was great. They sprinted out of work at exactly 5:00 pm (not a second later). Finally, the week was over, and all the BS was behind them. Sunday afternoon is a different story. Their mind starts getting them ready to return to a place they hate. Their stress levels begin to rise, their frustration builds. That’s when the real job search begins. They jump onto indeed.com or call the handful of friends they asked for help in the past to see if they know of any new job. Unfortunately, their searches always seem to produce the same results.


Great jobs are out there but they pay less. So, they take another spoonful of poison. They drag themselves back to work on Monday morning. They go through the motions, never giving 100%. Just enough to get by. Day in and day out. Always finding time to complain about their ‘unique’ situation to anyone who will listen. Well folks, I’m here to tell you that this process will never produce the results you’re looking for.


If you truly want to be happy with your job, you have two choices.


Choice #1 - Find a new job.


- Stop eating the poison!

- Accept the fact that you must give up certain things that make you feel comfortable.

- Embrace the reality of change. Things are going to be different. Things are not going to be perfect.

- Work your butt off for your new employer, they desire your best every day.


Choice #2 - Find a way to be happy with the job you have.


- Stop listening to the negative voice in your head.