I !hate my job.

I !hate my job.

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Hundreds of years ago the term "job" had a very different context. Imagine, you are living in your remote community, without electricity and supermarkets around. No Amazon, no Google or even 7-Eleven. And you are hungry. Right now. Very hungry. What are you going to do? Of course you are going to take that giant bow, a couple of arrows and go hunting that moose or whatever creature you will find around. And then you realize that not every day can be lucky enough to have a good hunt. After thinking a while, you are starting to plant some crops and vegetables to be able to feed yourself after (or simply add a diversity to your ration). Meat and plants - life looks very good! But how are you going to cook? You need to craft some kind of pot to be able to make a soup... You got my point.

TLDR: People didn't think of work as some task they didn't like but supposed to do. There simply was no choice, and "job" always had a physical deliverable. What are we seeing now? I met too many people who told me: "Nick, I hate my job". When I asked why, the most common answer was - money.

You see, the problem is that people lost a value of "deliverable". Society got used to be paid just being present at work, without an actual direct involvement. People used to go at 9:00AM and leave at 6:00PM just to tick a check-box. And nobody wins from it: employees are wasting their lives while companies - money. I call these people a "porridge". Tasteless mass which doesn't have much flavor unless you add some fruits or honey. Here is a picture:

Where is a problem?

Starting from the high school our society and families pushed us to attempt great achievements: become a lawyer, doctor or engineer. Get a solid $200,000 per year, buy a house without mortgage, two cars and a couple of dogs. But do people really need it? Will you be able to achieve these dreams while working every day on something which doesn't excite or simply makes you feel that you are doing something useful? I don't think so. And what is a result? An army of "educated" disappointed people, who wished they chose different path, regretting they wasted years of their lives.

I have a test for you now: Can you confirm that your job is an extension of your hobby? Would you do the same thing if you are not paid? Don't you care about how many hours left until your day is finished? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions: congratulations, you are in a minority of the happiest people on this planet.

Does it mean that everyone should become a singer, artist or dancer? No, there also should be a logical consideration. Ask yourself twice before applying for that Arts major: "Yes, I really like it. But will it be easy to find a job after graduation?". It is impossibly hard to combine something you enjoy with something that makes you a good living. And the best thing is to find a "golden middle". Not fully compromise your interests, but also have some benefits from your choice.

In conclusion, find your "golden middle".

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