It’s crazy that it’s been over a month since I last wrote. I hope that life has been treating you as well as it’s treated me.
We’re finally all moved in, our house is just about sold, and my wife and I are going to Germany in less than a month.
Perhaps the most exciting, however, is the fact that I’ve found a new job; one that I actually really enjoy!
I’m a delivery driver for an event rental company. It’s labor intensive, which is something I’ve never really done before for work, but I quite enjoy it. It’s helped me get in better shape and my blood pressure has actually gone down! We go to cool places everyday and I’m catching on pretty quickly.
I work for a small business so I see where the money goes. There’s no corporate bullshit and I don’t have to wear a tie and shave everyday. I wear shorts and a shirt instead. Score!
Customers tip me from time to time and overtime isn’t completely frowned upon.
I’m in a much better place now. I’m not as stressed as I was at the bank and my wife says that she hasn’t seen me this happy in a while.
It’s crazy what a change of jobs can do for you. And to you!
I wish I left my dead end job a while ago but of course, hindsight is always 20/20.
Here are some tips that would have helped me leave my dead end job sooner so hopefully they’ll help you out if you find yourself in the same predicament.
- Realize that no amount of money is worth being unhappy. I was putting money on the pedestal for a while. I’d think, “hey, I get paid pretty well….I just need to stick it out a little longer” so I did. But that’s not the way to go about things. You’ll always try to stick it out “just a bit longer” and nothing will change. You’ll eventually become content…but you’ll still be miserable.
- Realize that people quit, change jobs, and get fired everyday. You aren’t an exception. It’s okay to quit. It’s okay to get fired. Who gives a shit! Sure, it’s a big change at first but it’ll be okay. It’s a chance to start over! It can either be a blessing or a curse…you decide.
- Don’t sell yourself short. You aren’t your job title. You can do something else; anything else. You’ve made it this far in life. You already have everything you need to be successful and to be happy. You just have to allow yourself to be happy. Swallow your pride if you have to and take a chance on trying something new!
- Don’t be too scared of the unknown that you settle. Same shit, different day kind of stuff here. Yeah, it’s nice to get into a routine but it’s not nice feeling miserable or that you’re not making a difference or that you’re just going through the motions. It’s time to wake up!
- Realize that there are tons of other jobs out there. If the one you’re currently in isn’t for you, there’s no shame in quitting while you’re ahead and giving yourself the opportunity to try something else. Hardly anyone stays in the same job, or the same company, for a lifetime anymore.
- Realize that you don’t have to pigeonhole yourself in a company or industry if it makes you miserable. There are certain skill sets and intangibles that you’ve picked up along the way that will allow you to be successful, and more importantly, happier, doing something else.
- If you don’t want to make it a career and it makes you unhappy, you should get out as soon as possible! Another day being miserable doing something you hate is another day wasted which you’ll never get back! The pay check just isn’t worth it.
- It doesn’t matter what your co-workers think; it only matter what you think. If they like the job than good for them. If you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with that. Have your own opinion. Take responsibility of your life and your actions. If you want to do something different, then go for it!
- Don’t focus on just the money. Think about what you’re giving up for that money. Be it your health or time with your family. You’ll have to decide what’s the most important to you. No job is worth making you sick and no job is worth never seeing your family. Figure out your priorities and try to find a source of income that better aligns with those priorities.
- Realize that this job is not the end all, be all. Sooner or later, the gig will be up. It’s okay. Nothing lasts forever. Realize this and put yourself at ease. After all, it’s just a job.
Dead end jobs suck. They make you miserable and rob you of happiness. They make you feel stuck and depressed.
But there’s always a way out! Hopefully these tips will help you out when you need them the most.
It might feel like you’ll be stuck with these circumstances forever but you have the power to choose whether you put up with them or try to get out while you still have your sanity.
May the odds forever be in your favor.
Let’s all be happy again. Wouldn’t that be nice?