According to virtually every major scrap of research from the planet a high number of people hate their job. In fact it is the majority of people who find themselves stuck doing something they dislike.

Here are some figures I read recently regarding # of people unhappy in their work or job.

  • A whopping 74% inĀ  USA
  • A colossal 76% in China
  • A gargantuan 85% in Japan (Yes, that high in Japan)
  • A monster 73% in Malaysia
  • And a mammoth 66% in the UK

You’ll probably find these figures the same in the majority of countries.

Now that’s scary.

Why? Well think how long somebody is going to be at work in number of years. It’s about 40 at least and with retirement ages rising, it could be more.

Secondly, think how many hours of their life they will spend in their job. Even a 40 hour week @ 40 years equates to 76,800 hours doing something they despise. And I’m not adding on overtime, commuting, working at home after hours or going into the office on off-days.

That thought fills me with horror and strangely enough, admiration. I admire how somebody who detests something so much, can be so tolerant, day in and day out, month in and month out, year in and year out.

However, as the lyric in the song Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye goes, You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness.

You can also get addicted to a certain kind of pain and unhappiness.

Addictions that must be broken.

So What Can You Do if You Hate Your Job?

Or should I title that headline what you must do if you hate your job?

The simple answer of course is to change your job or what you do. But if it is that simple, why don’t more people do it if they are unhappy or fed-up?

Self-Confidence

That answer is usually, equally as simple: they lack the self-confidence to change.

People who hate their job secretly dream too. They dream about being happier, doing something they love and making an impact too, just like you do.

With self-confidence you can pull anything off. Katy Perry

A a general rule it is a lack of self-confidence that prevents people from taking the necessary action to realise their dreams.

When you are oozing self-confidence from every pore you won’t be afraid. Fear of what people might think, of failing or success, will not deter you. In fact nothing will put you off from giving something a go. You will forge ahead towards your goals.

Take your self-confidence to your very own mind gym and give it a work out every day. You don’t even have to leave your sofa.

Get a Purpose in Life

I recently blogged about changing my purpose in life. I am 56 and it’s never too late to change or improve what you are doing. And never too young either.

Your purpose in life is why you are here on earth and how you can share that to influence and impact the lives of other people, your community or the planet.

Your purpose in life is like the rudder of a ship. Your purpose steers you to your desired destination. Being rudderless, you can end up anywhere. Like in a job you hate. Or for the rest of your life drifting aimlessly, powerless to guide yourself away from stormy seas.

So what is your purpose? What talents or skills do you have that you could use to influence other people? What would you do if you knew you would never get criticised? If you knew you couldn’t fail?

You may need some inspiration and then some motivation, blended with the right mindset to get going. But hey, the great news is, like self-confidence, these are all things that can be learned and acquired.

You aren’t on this planet to pay bills and then leave.

Seek out the help you need to find your purpose if you need to. Starting with what you are interested in is a good base point. Spend some time on working it out. It might take you a couple of hours, a day or a week.

So what? Would you really rather spend the rest of your life in a job doing something that is peeving you off and causing you unhappiness?

You are only on this planet once. One day you are going to die. One day, you will suddenly realise that life really is short and it has suddenly, and quickly, passed you by.

Tap into your unlimited potential and greatness within and unleash it. You are capable of achieving so much.

It’s not about having a big house or a flash car. It’s about being purpose driven, making a difference, impacting and influencing others in your unique way. You may not even earn as much as you are now, but since when has money bought you happiness?

Putting it Together

There is so much free help on the web right now. Get it, use it, there really is no excuse. Seriously, by training your self-confidence muscle and discovering your purpose you can achieve remarkable things.

It just requires some effort on your part. Use that patience you are using right now to endure the job you hate or dislike and channel it into finding your purpose and building rock-solid self-confidence.

Anything really is possible. It’s your time to show the world what you can do (And you can)! You really will surprise yourself and in no time at all, find yourself in a place that brings you the greatest success of all:

Personal fulfilment!

Isn’t it worth giving it a shot?

(If you are really struggling in your work here is a post that might help you, 5 Tips to love what you do)