How to get from hating it to loving it!

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You can’t stand your job and have to work with people you don’t like and do work that you hate!

There just isn’t another option!

You can’t give it up you need the money!

Not a nice situation to be in. Or is it?

I believe many of us have been in a situation like this or something similar. All we wanted to do was to give up and do something else. But sometimes that is just not an option.

What can you do?

When I was about 20 years old, I was working as a helper for a plumbing company. Because I was just a helper, they gave me all the horrible jobs and I couldn’t stand it. I dreaded every morning going to work and couldn’t wait for the day to finish.

There was also a guy, double my age, working there and he was the only one I got on with. I told him that I hated the job. One day he said to me: ‘Look, if you hate the job so much, ask the boss if you could do something else instead!’

So I did. But the boss didn’t want to know. So I told my friend and he said: ‘If that doesn’t get you anywhere, go and get another job.’

Searching for a better way

I started looking for other jobs, but for someone my age and with no real experience there was just nothing on the market. Nothing for the kind of money I had for my current job. After searching for a while I gave up. A while later my friend at the plumbing business said something surprising to me.

‘Look, if there is no other way then you have to find a way to love what you do!’

How am I supposed to do this, I thought to myself?

Luckily not long after that an opportunity opened up and I moved on to another job. It took me a long time to understand what my friend was telling me, but today I think I’ve got it.

We are often very quick in giving up and looking for something else. We rarely give a situation a real chance and we rarely try to be really good at something or look at the bright side of things.

Patience is a virtue

If you are in such a situation – and you are not physically or mentally harmed by doing whatever it is you have to do – start looking at the bright side of things. Don’t give up so quickly and rush to something else. Take your time and find out if there is anything you can do to turn this around for yourself. Write down all the good things about it and see if there is a way to improve on these.

This does not mean you shouldn’t move on in life, but this should be planned and not based on “feeling like it”.

Give yourself some time and one day you are going to be the best in your job. You are going to surprise everyone (most of all yourself). See how things change around you and if after a while you still think you can’t continue, look for something else. But give it a chance. With the right planning you might just start loving what you do!

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium. He is teaching and supporting entrepreneurs in the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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