Many of us have been conditioned to believe that work stinks, and that being able to sit on our butts for the rest of our lives would be heaven. We also seem programmed into believing that the easier the work is, the better. What a joke! Even though we are sometimes burnt out from our daily labors, the reality is that the harder we work, the better we feel. Even if we’re tired at the end of the day – it we’ve worked hard we feel like we’ve accomplished something. It’s human nature to want to work hard, to push ourselves to the limit. Plus you sleep better at night when you’re happily exhausted from what you’re been doing all day.
So why do so many people try to find the easy way out of work? Why do they call in sick when they’re feeling OK? It’s because most people don’t like what they are doing and try to do as little of it as possible. That’s human nature too.
When people find work with meaning – something that interests them and gives them personal satisfaction – they suddenly start loving their jobs and willingly work longer hours. Then they find leisure time is no longer engaging or nearly as enjoyable as a hard day’s work and a good night’s sleep.
I’m not taking about workaholics who feel they have to work 70 hours a week to just keep up or get ahead. I mean people who work 12 hour days just because they love doing it! The key is not resigning yourself to a job that you hate instead of taking the risks of changing careers or looking for a more meaningful job.
But I have bills, bills, bills, people argue. Of course – we all do. But isn’t it better to take risks and succeed than to spend your days hating your job and longing for a couch and a TV to escape into? That’s not living, it’s resignation! And if you’re going to resign from life, find more challenging work and resign from your current job.
Then you’ll bounce out of bed in the morning, raring to go, instead of dragging yourself through another dreary workday, just waiting for it to be over. Because one day it will, and then what will you do?
The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! – Earl Nightingale