I hate Fridays…
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Work is something I genuinely love – and itâ€™s not fun for me to see that end each week. I look forward to Mondays.
But in the recent years, Iâ€™ve been really fascinated by those who are cheering for the opposite. So many people hate their jobs or where they work, and they see Friday as a â€œreliefâ€ from the rest of the week. If thatâ€™s youâ€¦
I want to really put some pressure on that conversation today.
First – I want to create some clarity: Iâ€™m not writing this article to
talk about how â€œluckyâ€ I am that I get to do what I love, nor am I
disrespecting people who look forward to spending time with their
family on the weekends. Iâ€™m a big believer in spending my weekends
with my family.
Iâ€™m writing this article for one person who is stuck in a job that makes
them unhappy to wake up and ask themselves â€œwait, what am I
actually doing here?â€
The truth is, if you factor out sleep, you basically live to work. It
makes up the majority of your life. If youâ€™re unhappy at work, then itâ€™s
time to take a step back and ask yourself what youâ€™re actually doing
– not by judging yourself or beating yourself up, but by thoughtfully
analyzing what you could do to change your situation.
Listen, Iâ€™m empathetic to this. I used to look forward to Fridays so much when
I was in school. I used to dread Mondays and would be praying for
giant snowstorms every winter so that school would be closed. I lived in that mindset for 12 years.
The thought that this is how so many people live their work lives breaks my heart. But at the same time, I respect practicality. I get the fact
that people have bills and other responsibilities that keep them tied to jobs.
Here are some of my thoughts on how to get around it:
1. CHANGE YOUR BILLS
So many people are stuck in jobs they donâ€™t like because they buy stuff they donâ€™t need.
If you have â€œbills to payâ€, change your bills. I get that there are things like student loan debt which you canâ€™t just â€œchangeâ€ or get out of. But there are a lot of people who are buying brand name hoodies or sneakers thinking that it will help them â€œclose the gapâ€ on their insecurities.
Same thing with cars, fancy homes, and so many other things that people buy to posture to other people. But it forces you to stay at a job you donâ€™t like and causes more unhappiness in the long term.
If youâ€™re unhappy at your job, really consider selling your home, your car, the junk in your garage that youâ€™ve never used in years, or your old clothes. Move to a smaller apartment with lower rent.
Think about whether you actually â€œneedâ€ something, or if itâ€™s taking away more happiness than its giving you. Itâ€™ll give you more air cover to go after a better job, a side hustle, or a business that youâ€™re actually passionate about.
You can choose what your bills are, to a large degree.
2. EVALUATE YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Not everyone is meant to be a boss, and thatâ€™s fine. Maybe the answer for you is to find a job at a different company, or go after a better job that makes you happier. The first step here is to get real self-aware about what your skills and
Take the five to ten people that know you the best. Split them into two categories: people you connect with on a deep level of love, and people who you are close with, but maybe youâ€™re a little different in lifestyle and personality. Then, ask one person from each category to honestly tell you what they think youâ€™re best at, and what they think youâ€™re worst at.
â€œWhat are my skills and abilities, and what are my weaknesses?â€ Are you the type of person who would find happiness by quitting your job and starting a business? Or would you be happier getting a different job?
Or do you just need a side hustle you can do in the evenings and weekends for more money? I truly believe that collecting market research and creating an atmosphere that allows someone to be honest with you are the two big things thatâ€™ll help you evaluate your skills.
I want you to find happiness instead of making money to â€œfeedâ€ your bills.
– Text written by Gary Vaynerchuk