Monday is the beginning of a new work week for many people. According to the Gallup Poll, 70% of Americans hate their jobs. A research report by global firm Mercer said that more than 50% of Canadians disliked their jobs and were either already mentally ‘checked out’ or looking to leave. When you take that into consideration, it’s no wonder people have countdowns until Friday as soon as the week has begun.
It’s unfortunate that so many people are not doing something that fulfils their passions. It’s not too late if you want to try. I know it sounds difficult because you may already be in a routine, have financial commitment and maybe even children who are depending on you. That makes the reality of pursuing your passion seem that much more impossible. It doesn’t have to be if you really want it. These days, I hear so many people talking about having a ‘side hustle’ outside their jobs. It can be as simple as something you’re doing once a week. As long as it’s filling that void and allowing you to put your energy into what you really love to do.
Make time for those things that will bring you joy. Skip out on that hour of reality television so that you can dedicate your time to starting something on the side. As long a you understand that it’s not easy and work is needed in order to see the fruits of your labour. It can be as simple as volunteering somewhere that is related to the field you are interested in. That way you get an idea if it’s really something you want to do. If that’s not an option, then you can join a club or take a night course at a local community college to see if you truly enjoy what you’re interested in.
When I decided I wanted to pursue a career in media, I volunteered and took night classes while working full-time to see if it was something I really wanted to do. I found that I loved it and so I kept working at it. I still haven’t reached the pinnacle of where I’d like to be, but I’m a work in progress and continue to work at it as much as I can.
This first step is believing in yourself and having faith that everything is going to work out. When Monday morning rolls around, go to your job with a renewed energy because you know you’re working towards something else. Also remember not to take for granted having a job, even if you don’t like it. There are many people desperate for a job who can’t find one.
Also use your current position to teach you something new. Most people never realize the skills they have obtained working the jobs they have. So many things done on a daily basis can be utilized in your next move.