I recently read an online article on the three reasons why everyone hates their job. What I found most compelling about the article were the striking similarities between the three reasons stated for employees and the reasons why entrepreneurs fail in business. The mere coincidence of what some might consider to be opposite sides of the same coin went beyond just simple irony for me.
I have been on both sides of the fence, in fact, the majority of my career I have spent straddling the fence as an independent executive recruiter.
Reflecting on my past experiences
So I took the time to ponder and try to understand why would anyone hate the job that they dreamed of, interviewed for and ultimately accepted an offer for versus the person who hates the business that they’d dreamt of owning. How could both of these people come to loathe the very experience they initiated? I thought about my experience with the jobs I HATED over the years as well as the businesses I started and ended up regretting every minute spent on that business. What drove people who pursued these endeavors into the downward emotional spiral when the initial intention was so pure, and the dream pursued with such vigilance, excitement, and enthusiasm?
Top 3 reasons given…
- Lack of Fulfillment - According to the article, only 39% of the workers polled felt fulfilled. Interestingly enough, one of the main reasons entrepreneurs fail in business is because many started out with the intention of becoming rich and as a result chased after or started businesses that seemed to promise quick fortune. Reality would quickly set in, leaving them with an unfulfilling experience and the realization that there’s no cheap lunch or free one for that matter that you won’t end up paying for dearly. Same holds true for job seekers, if the job you want is only interesting because it pays a lot, chances are you will feel unfulfilled, much in the same way.
- Lack of commitment - Only 52% of the workers polled feel totally committed to their job, down from 71% a year ago. I don’t know if there’s a smell of non-committal fragrance in the air, but my employers always seemed to know when I wasn’t totally committed. I must of reeked of the smell because shortly after they’d either call me into the office for a pep talk or drive in the death nail by uttering the 7 deadly words, “Evan, we’re moving in a different direction”. Now let’s imagine for a second what the non-committed entrepreneur looks like – that’s the business with the broken signage, unsteady hours, and the non-responsive service. Customers soon enough smell that fragrance and stop frequenting the establishment.
- Feeling overworked – The article went on to cite that more than half, 52% of respondents indicated they constantly feel overworked, up from 45% from the previous year. This is becoming the new norm for many job seekers, working the typical 40-hour work week has long sailed out the harbor. Most folks I know are working at least 50+ hours a week. So it goes without saying, if you’re going to spend that much time working, you should enjoy it.
But who enjoys every aspect of the job? Some things we’d do away with instantly, if we could. However, as they say, it comes with the territory. You can’t like everything! I’m sure Hollywood actors don’t like sitting around for super-extended periods of time and being asked to re-shoot for the umpteenth time. Same goes for entrepreneurs. You’ll find yourself working on things that you’d much rather outsource or delegate, but in the beginning stages, you’re the be all and end all. And there’s no one to delegate to or pass it off to. So you do it grudgingly. And before you know it, you’ve put in 80+ hours for the week.
My top 3 reasons why you should LOVE your job or work
The article made no mention of any methods you can use to love your job – so I figured I’d take a swing at it.
- Find a fulfilling job by identifying your true passion and only pursue that which makes you alive no matter what the salary or potential revenue promised. You do it for love, not for money. Much easier said than done – I know!
- Commitment only comes by being passionate about what you’re doing and wanting to do it better every day. You must commit to self-improvement, professional development, and overall personal growth as if it were the only thing that mattered in this world. It’s the highest commitment one can make to themselves and others – strive to be your best, every day!
- With anything undertaken for the first time, feeling overworked is the cost of entry. However, if you’re pursuing your true passion, committing yourself to the journey, then rarely will feeling overworked become an issue because you’re living your life on your terms. As you get better at any job, naturally, you move up and delegate more. In any business, you grow your customer base, hire more help, and strive for that continued upward momentum.
That’s the dance for all employees and entrepreneurs. So find your passion, commit yourself, and never complain about working hard on your self-defined purpose.
My purpose is to make sure people find their passion in what they want in a professional career or business they choose start. How can I help you find your purpose?