Find a Job You Hate... to Find the Job You LoveBY |
“Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?”
When practicing for interviews, most candidates have no spontaneous answer to this question. Although it is important to have a realistic plan and to show your understanding of your industry, it is also more important to remain flexible and open-minded, and to grab the opportunities that will come to you.
Five years ago, I did not know the job I am doing today even existed, and new jobs are being created every day. But above all things, working for what you are passionate about is your best option to beat mediocrity and become your best self.
How to reach mediocrity...
From an early age, society taught you to follow the rules, to do as you are told, and to fit in. This is excellent advice to reach mediocrity. As a follow-up, you will likely select a field of studies with good career outcomes but that you hate. Some say it’s okay to end up with a job that isn’t your passion because true happiness does not lie in the job you do but in your outlook on life.
However, years of experience working with students from all walks of life taught me that everyone is a great at something, and it is unfortunate that most people do not exploit their talents.
... and how to go the easy way
Studying something you don’t like and working in a job that isn’t fulfilling can sometimes be the easier way to live your life. It might not be enjoyable, but it allows you to remain within your comfort zone and pay the bills. On the other hand, working in an area that you are passionate about or where you have special talents represents work, sweat, taking risks, and often taking many sacrifices.
Identifying your special talents and discovering your dream job is a mission for many, which involves trying different things, fighting your fears, getting out of your comfort zone, and it can be extremely time-consuming. You need to apply yourself and to do a lot of introspection.
For these reasons, hating your current job can be a trigger to finally initiate a change and work with passion. Hating what you do for a living means that you are already forced outside of your comfort zone (though for the wrong reasons), and there is nothing left to lose. This is why many success stories were built upon rock bottom.
Greatness lies outside of your comfort zone, so you will need to go and look for it. Make a plan, but remember that you will need to take risks and be bold. Maybe you feel that quitting this job you hate can be the right thing to do for you, but if so make sure that you have measured the consequences and that you have a plan B to fall back on.
Also remember that the people around you (such as your employer) should not suffer the consequences of your bold moves so you need to be responsible and fulfil any promises made. Becoming a better version of yourself involves respecting the people around you, so respect yourself and others around you.
... and don't forget to fail
Your journey will be filled with obstacles and you will fail on multiple occasions. This is a good thing, as long as you learn from these experiences. Always remember that failure is not the opposite of success; it is part of every success. As a matter of fact, a number of impressive success stories started with an epic failure, so build on your defeats and be sure that your perseverance will help you reach the stars.
“If you have never failed, you have never lived” – Abraham Lincoln