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OPINION - Do you hate your job?

by Chris Conley

NEWS BLOG (WSAU) It's Wednesday and its snowing. I know it's hard to get out of bed on a morning like this. Even more so if you don't like your job. And today there's new data about how many of us don't like our jobs.

A Rasmussen College survey says two-thirds of us have contemplated quitting on-the-spot... just throwing up our hands and walking out. 51-percent say our pay is too low. 31-percent say we work at dead-end jobs with no chance of promotion or advancement.

These numbers are damning.

I'll share advice that I've given to young people I've mentored over the years: You spend more time at your job than any other thing in your life. The 8-hours-per-day that a full-timer spends at work is more time than they'll spend with their wife and children, more time than they'll spend at their favorite pastime or hobby; even more time than they'll spend sleeping. That's why it's so important your job is something that's satisfying to you. It's hard to lead a happy, fulfilled life if the activity that you spend most of your time on makes you miserable.

So if you're in the (shockingly) large group that hates going to work, begin working to change your situation. You should start - today - thinking about what you'd like to do with the rest of your working years. If you need more skills, learn them. If you need to go back to school, do it. If a job change will lead to more advancement opportunity, do it. Even if the changes you need to make take a long time, resolve to start the process now. No one ever excelled at a job they didn't have passion for. And my hope for you is that you find something you excel at.

I'm fortunate. I have a job where I look forward to coming into work every day. And, although I've liked some jobs more than others during my broadcast career, at the end of each day I'm satisfied with my career choice. And liking my job had made me happier in other parts of my life too. If that's not where you're at in your career, you have an obligation to yourself to change.

Chris Conley
4.16.14

Image: Steel worker circa 1909, Library of Congress, via WikiCommons.com