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Working In A Job You Hate
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.
Hating Your Job
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