Unhappy In Your Job? Don't Live A Lie!
13 August 2015
“I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be.
We know things are bad — worse than bad. They're crazy.
It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.'
Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot — I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say: 'I'm a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!'
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”
As spoken by Peter Finch in the film “Network”
It’s amazing to think that the words above featured in a film shot in 1976. For those who have seen the film, you will all know how passionately the words were delivered and it’s incredible to think that many people have the exact same thoughts, nearly 40 years later.
Now that you have read those words, think about your job. Are you a prisoner to your work emotions? Are you secretly angry at your current situation? Do YOU want to stand up and scream “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore”?
Of course, my professional recommendation is not to do that, although if you do, please let me know so I can witness it! However, there are ways of figuratively not taking it anymore. You can instigate change by looking for a new job.
Now of course, I work in recruitment and the cynical reader will be claiming that I am trying to stimulate the recruitment market in my favour. And although there is an element of truth in that, the sentiment I am offering is genuine – are you really happy in your job? Or do you put up with a necessary evil?
Well you shouldn’t. You shouldn’t take this anymore.
We all get angry at certain times in our lives with work, however, the secret to a great job is not how much you get paid but more importantly your happiness. The biggest lie you will tell yourself (or be told by your boss) is that you make good money. But what good is that money if you spend a third of your day being miserable? People get used to being miserable at work and eventually bad working atmospheres become normality. Don’t get used to it. Fight back. There is a job out there where you will enjoy what you are doing.
And if you choose to leave, never look back. What’s that? Your employer who you are trying to leave wants to pay you more to stay? Get mad! Will an extra few thousand make up for the fact that you are miserable? Why do they only deem you worthy once you are threatening to leave? Don’t live with that lie!
So what is the point of this article? If I could tell you to do one thing, its most probably to get up out of your chairs and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore”.
Now of course, you won’t do that in a literal sense. But you should think about how happy you really are and what you can do to change it. Think about what’s important to you and how you can make things better.
There are some great jobs out there that are made for you, whether it’s because its closer to home, better benefits or even because they have free bagels in the morning. Don’t be afraid to stand up and make that change that will make you happy.
Good hunting, people.
Written By Adam Davey