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This morning I rolled out of bed and thought to myself:
I don’t want to go to work today. I don’t feel like getting dressed, commuting in traffic, sitting through pointless meetings, or putting forth effort on a project I don’t care about.
But then I remembered something I recently heard Paula Plant say on an episode of the Afford Anything Podcast.
A listener had called in and shared that he was forty years old and six years away from financial independence. The problem, he explained, was that he just didn’t enjoy his current job that much. He asked Paula if she thought it was best for him to just tough it out for six more years or if it was a better idea to pursue entrepreneurial projects.
Paula explained that the choice was ultimately up to him because only he knew just how much he didn’t like his current job.
But she followed this up with an interesting insight, something along the lines of:
“Just know that every job sucks a little bit. Even for entrepreneurs. It’s likely that quitting your current job and working for yourself won’t make you much happier. You’ll still find aspects of entrepreneurship that you can’t stand.”
“The picture Dad had painted was crystal clear: You can choose a profession that pays well or you can choose a profession that doesn’t, but either way you’re going to work hard. Why not get paid well for your hard work?!”
This idea resonates with me. Over the past five years I have held a wide variety of jobs including retail worker, math tutor, research assistant, data analyst, and now data scientist.
In each of these jobs, there were schedules that I didn’t always feel like following.
In each of these jobs, there were days when I didn’t feel like going to work.
In each of these jobs, I had to deal with a few annoying coworkers, bosses, or clients.
No Job is Perfect
The more work experience I gain, the more I begin to understand the message that both Paula and Ty’s dad were preaching:
There is no such thing as a perfect job.
Every job has its unique downsides.
Every job requires hard work.
Changing jobs probably won’t impact your happiness as much as you think. A job is a job.
You should at least get paid well for your hard work.
And in my current job I earn a significantly higher income than any previous job, I have more vacation time than ever before, and I even have the freedom to work from home occasionally.
All things considered, I am in a pretty good position.
I certainly don’t plan on keeping this job for several years, but while I’m still building a savings cushion and ramping up my incomes outside of my day job, I’m learning to be grateful for this high income while patiently acquiring the financial means to work for myself.
I plan on using this job to pick up new coding skills and pad my net worth. It’s not a perfect job, but then again “perfect jobs” don’t exist.
Zach is the author behind Four Pillar Freedom, a blog that teaches you how to build wealth and gain freedom in life.
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