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Working In A Job You Hate

Updated on August 12, 2013

Do You Hate Your Job

Have you ever heard the saying, "If you love your job you will never work another day in your life?" So what do you do if your are working in a job you hate?

Everyone of us have had some sort of job and many of have worked many different jobs in our lifetime, but did you love the job enough to stay for years on end with no complaints?

For myself, I have worked many jobs and loved many of them, but my problem was some of these jobs I loved just didn't pay enough to make ends meet and support my wife and family, so I had to move on and find that next so called perfect job that paid more money.

I hated to leave these jobs I loved, but I really didn't have any choice. I am sure many of people have heard this story in your own life and job history.

Here is a brief history of my jobs that I loved and hated, and the ones that paid just about nothing and loved and the ones that paid well and but hated.

I started working at age 13 working on a farm picking string beans and being paid $.86 per basket. Do you know how many hours it takes to fill one of those baskets? I think I filled 2 baskets in one day on my hands and knees for hours upon hours just to make the almighty buck.

During my High School years while my friends were playing Basketball, Football and Baseball I was employed with an Auto Parts store delivering auto parts after school and on the weekends to earn enough money to buy my first car, which I did and it was a 1964 Corvette. I had rich taste even at age 17 LOL.

I landed a job in a local Hospital years later in which I love and looked forward to going work work each and everyday. The pay at that time was $3.33 per hour, but that was okay because of course I stilled lived at home and had no bills to worry about. I continued to look at the inner Hospital job postings to see if I could change jobs that paid more money. I was transferred from Central Supply to the Physical Therapy Department as a Assistant to the Therapist. At that time you did not need a Licence to be an Assistant, but that all changed a couple years when i became mandatory. I had to wait for the next posting to come out and it was working in Hospital Maintenance which I got the job and still loved everyday at work.

It didn't matter what job I had in the Hospital because I knew what I was doing was helping others get well and have great health care. I went to school to learn Cardiac Rehabilitation, but when schooling was completed the President of the Hospital decided they would hire a Registered Nurse to fill that position instead of me. It was a great learning experience for me anyway. I found the love of my life working in that same Hospital and we were married 3 months after our first date and have been married now for 31 years this May 8, 2012.

Money was very tight when we were married and at that time I was making $7.73 per hour working in Maintenance and I knew I had to now leave a job and I place that I adored and loved. All of the employees that worked with me were just like my own family. I had to say goodbye to my job and my Hospital family and seek a higher paying job.

Got a job in a Chemical Factory being a mixer in which was the most dangerous in the plant. I mixed chemical, lead, dangerous liquids to make small plastic pellets that were turned into what we once knew of called LP Albums. That job started at $11.65 per hour with tons of overtime and I was taking advantage of all the overtime to bill my bank account up, although I HATED this dangerous job and the swing shift that was involved. I also was laid off 3 times in one year because I was the low man of the totem pole and the worse lay off was 3 weeks before Christmas. Not only that, even though I was examined by the company Doctor each month with a full physical because of the job I had there, I still wound up with lead poisoning and was out of work for over 3 weeks. So, there goes to show you money is not everything, it just helps sometimes.

I then started my own business painting and wallpapering. I was doing well and then my father-in-law hooked up with me and we started to build spec homes to sell. He was an excellent carpenter and builder and I learned so much over the 3 years we had the business until he decided to call it quits and retire now leaving me with no other choice but to seek employment somewhere else again. I loved building and doing all the concrete work and till this day I still remodel each and every home I have purchased to make them my own and to my liking.

Next I got a job working in maintenance for a Catholic High School and worked along side of the great Baseball player Greg Luzinski for the Phillies Ball Team. It was a honor working with him lining the Baseball and Football fields that he coached for in the school, but the pay was not there. I need more to survive so I overheard a conversation my boss was having with the Diocese regarding running a large Cemetery in New Jersey. After the call was over I asked my boss what the call was about and he said they wanted him to be the Manager of a Cemetery, but he declined the offer because he was only a year from retirement and didn't want to change jobs so close to retiring. So, I applied to the cemetery and got the job starting at $30,000 per year in which was the highest paying job I might of had except for my building business.

Three years later I was offered a Management position in a larger cemetery in the same City and I took the job figuring the perks would be better and they were a bit better, but the job requirements were more, meaning running the Crematory, Cemetery Grounds, 10 Apartment Building and a Monument Company for the starting rate of my last job. I have been in this job now for 21 years and Hate every minute of it. I have since moved to the Jersey Shore with a travel much more than were I lived when I originally got hired.

The 60 mile commute each way in all kind of weather and traffic has taken a toll on me and now I wonder and say to myself, " I am not happy with this job and the commute even though I know I am helping many people in their time of need just as I did when I worked in the Hospital. The pay is awesome, but I am not happy, I hate my job.

There comes a time in a person's life that they need to think over where they are in life and make a decision to continue working in a job they hate, but the pay is great or retire and find something they truly enjoy and happy to wake up every morning to go this enjoyable job.

So, in my opinion working in a job you hate can indeed take a toll on your mind, body and soul. So, which would you do? Hang in there and be unhappy and miserable even though the pay is great or take less pay and fine a job that you know you would enjoy and be happier with less stress in your life?

Remember Everyone: Life is so short, so you must do what it takes to make you happy while you are here on Earth. There is no turning back the hands of time. This is it, the present and the future.



© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Thank you so much Beth. Have a wonderful Weekend dear :)


    • Beth100 profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Best of luck with CVS! I'm sending you positive thoughts!! xo

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Beth- thank you so much for stopping in and reading this hub. Don't worry Beth my wheels are always turning. I am going to apply to CVS on the Island when I get home. It is a brand new store qnd a block from the Ocean. I have to get something closer to my home. I spend between lin and I over $1000 per month in gas only.

      See ya in the forum


    • Beth100 profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Hey Mark! Oh yea, we have all been there and done it. Life sometimes hands out tough decisions that we have to make and sometimes, we have to remember that decision can be a temporary one. Other times, that decision may turn out to be one that we never regret.

      The question is: how to exit the cycle so that we have a balance of quality of life, happiness and financial security.

      When I figure this out, I'll let you know. :) Or, you can let me know once you've figured it out. :)

      Hang in there and the opportunity for change will appear before your eyes. Just see it, and take a hold of it!


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Denise Thank you so much for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed the read. I have been sick so haven't got to reply to any comments. Sorry for the delay hon. Have a great rest of the week and I am finally off this Saturday :):):)

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Mark-loved the job history here. It was interesting. Like you, I've had many jobs, and many positions as an RN. I really can relate to 'doing what you love' and all of the anguish of doing something that you don't like to do. Best of luck to you no matter what your employment is. :)

      As an aside suggestion, I so enjoyed the story of you and Linda-why not add a link after or within the content of the story to bring the reader to that part of your history?

      Thanks for sharing. :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      CJ Sledgehammer, sorry it has taken me so long to reply . Sick as a dog fro a week, but thank you for commenting on this hub.Yes Greg was and still is a great man. It was awesome working with him side by side. Thank you for the Vote Up and Best Wishes and happiness to you my friend!

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      CJ Sledgehammer 

      6 years ago

      Mark, I think most people can relate to your experiences - I know I can.

      I used to watch big Greg Luzinski when he played for the White Sox in the early 80's - boy could that boy send a baseball when he got ahold of one. :0)

      You have a very fine Hub here, and I really appreciate everything you said. Voted up.

      Best wishes and be well - C.J Sledgehammer

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      ImKarn23 I am so sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment. Yes I have done many things over my life and only loved a couple. I too worked 2-3 jobs when the children we little so that the wife could stay home with them to raise them instead of day care. Thanks for the comment and have a wonderful Easter!!!

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Wow..your job history is certainly...diverse! I too did whatever it took - i had no choice, often working 2, 3 jobs! I couldn't afford to leave my last job which was a full commission sales - so i excelled at it for 14 years and THEN hit the proverbial wall. I kinda liked the up and away...

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Pamela - yeah I kind of surprise myself the way I remember those pays LOL, but they are right on. I will also remember the large pay I get now and the one I will leave behind, but happiness and living life simple is where my life stands now. The commute is taking a toll and not to say between wife and I we spend $1,000.00 per month on gas just to get back and forth to work ONLY. Not really worth the headaches.

      Thank you for the Vote also.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Christo - Thanks for stopping by and reading. I know what you mean about having the money to support our self and families and yet be happy doing what we do. I know money is so important by I think our health and be happiness might win in my case. Sometimes I guess it is time for us to step back and enjoy life and make what little life we might have left enjoyable. That is my very near plan. I will survive and still provide one way or another.

      God Bless


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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      An hour's commute each way really does take a toll and it can be so dangerous unless one is caught up in sleep. I enjoyed your hub. It's amazing you can remember the exact wages you used to earn. I can't remember that far back. Voting up and interesting.

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      6 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      An interesting Hub that brought back similar memories of my working past. Life is living with compromises. We need money to support our families yet we owe it to ourselves to get some enjoyment out of what we do. Voted useful. interesting & up! Ciao, Christo.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Natashalh, Thank you for your comment and as you see I have had my share of jobs too. Having a job you love and good pay to go along with that job I guess are not that easy to find. It is nice to meet you and I just followed you on Google +.

      Take care! Oh and thanks for the Vote Up also :)

    • Natashalh profile image


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I have worked so many jobs I hated! Staples Copy Center (big thumb's down!) and at a hobby shop are two of the most memorable ones. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to have a job. That's how I ended up at Staples.

      Voted up and interesting!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Born2care2001, Thanks for taking the time to read and your comment. Yes memories are a wonderful thing and something that no one in the world can ever take away from us. I was the same as you meaning I always wanted the job that paid the most, but as I got older (like now)I have learned that I was much happier with those jobs I had way back when making next to nothing(in todays standards that is) I guess back in the 70's when I began really working full time that money was a good pay. Nice to have met you and thanks again for your comment.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Mark!

      Thanks for writing this honest hub about our work lives. Finding work we enjoy is a lot easier said than done. I can honestly say I was always after the money and though I didn't always make what I thought I was worth, if the money wasn't there, I usually didn't stay either.

      I will say this in retrospect. I wish I had learned how to be happy no matter what I was doing and to learn how to handle the money I made rather than chasing what I thought I needed.

      That life wasn't all for naught as I now coach men how to live happy, healthy, lives doing what they really love to do!

      Voted Up and awesome


      As a native of the City of Brotherly Love, I enjoyed the part about Luzinski. He and Schmitty were two of my favorites. I left Philly in 1980 after they won their World Series! Thanks for the memories!


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