So, we’re into Day 3 of this 7-day challenge by Jeff Goins (which I highly recommend doing, even if you’re behind), and today we’re tackling something that can be controversial.
I’m going to talk about why working a 9 to 5 job is the absolute worst thing you can do for your career and life.
There are people who do the whole 40-hour work week, and probably are gonna get mad at me for saying this, because they are in a stable job, with a steady paycheck, and know what days they are off.
Yeah, that sounds all right. Sure, I would love a steady paycheck (I have a shopping habit to feed, after all), but seriously, it’s the worst fucking thing I’ve ever done in my life.
I apologize for the swearing before this sentence and anymore after. This is something that really grinds my gears.
I have held many full-time jobs in my short 34 years on this planet. As you can see, I have yet to stay with any of them. I even went back to a temp job a couple months ago that was 9 to 5, even after vowing I’d never do that.
Yup. That is the only reason I ever tried a 9 to 5 job. I thought the security was what I needed. The thought of a constant paycheck to pay down bills and save money was the main focus in my head. I totally pretended the downside didn’t exist.
What’s the downside? The monotony.
I would get up at the same time every Monday through Friday. I would know what train or bus to take to get me to my job on time. I come in everyday at 9am and leave at 5pm and always do lunch at noon. I’d sit at the same desk and do the same work, over and over.
Repetitiveness is like a cold steel knife slowly piercing my skin and muscles until it gets stuck. Then stays there.
When you fall into this type of routine, you feel like you can’t break free and go catch an exhibit in the middle of the day. Or, you have to do all your grocery shopping during the weekend, when everyone else does also. And forget Christmas shopping. You better hope your job lets you deliver presents to your cubicle.
On the flip side, people who work a 9 to 5 look at entrepreneurs and think they’re going nowhere, or they’re taking a big risk by doing their own thing.
And we are. And we love it.
Sure, the first few years are a mess, and you do take smaller jobs or find passive income to keep afloat. But you work your ass off to build something you love and dreamed for. Then, you sit back, look at how far you’ve come, and then create ideas to take it to the next level.
Having your own hours makes you creative. It forces you to think “what more do I need to do here to keep going?” and then you brainstorm.
Your brain’s activity is going. you feel fulfilled. And guess what? Your hours may vary.
You will get to a point where if you work 4 hours in a day, it’s still an accomplishment. If you want to take a vacation in October to Europe while everyone else is finishing up their final quarter numbers of whatnot, then you do it. You go see that exhibit during the week and get groceries early Thursday morning cause everyone’s at work.
Soon, people you know will be envious of you. Those comments of “are you sure you want to do this?” become “I wish I was like you and took a risk.” Then, you’ll know that this was the right path for you to take.
Screw you 9 to 5. I’m off to create.
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