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How do I see the bright side of a job that I really don't enjoy?

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Last Updated: 01/19/2021 at 3:25am
How do I see the bright side of a job that I really don't enjoy?
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Top Rated Answers
February 6th, 2015 11:33pm
I try to look at every job as a learning experience. Even though I might not like it, or it might not be something that I want to do, chances are that if I open myself to the experience then at the very least I will have learned something by the end.
May 14th, 2015 8:04pm
Try to focus on the outcomes, instead of the effort you're putting in; what are you accomplishing with job? Are you being of service to others? Improving ideas? Creating something? It can help you get through the day.
April 22nd, 2015 4:25pm
Just think of it as a start in the journey. It may seem boring or un-enjoyable now, but it will lead to something better!
May 14th, 2015 4:17pm
i really don't enjoy the job i hold right now. but what keeps me coming back isn't necessarily the work i do, but the people i've become friends with. mostly women, they're the people i spend most of my time with, just because i'm with them all day. i look forward to seeing them and sharing my night, shopping experiences, relationship woes...the camaraderie i've got with them makes it easier to get through my work day.
May 22nd, 2015 1:52pm
I will earn money and save it for a target that is important, or it's just a temporary job which allows us to get some expierience.
June 5th, 2015 12:43am
You could think of the experience you're getting from the job, pay day, it's something to do instead of sitting about, you're getting to socialise and your employer is a reference you can put on your CV.
June 14th, 2016 3:14pm
Even though you hate the job you can just think about the money you get aftr and all the thigns you can do with it
August 22nd, 2017 9:11am
There are two ways of looking at this, firstly you can try to make the best of it but also need to consider if it is time to leave and get a more suitable position. I would suggest to try and understand what things are making you not like your job and if you can compromise on these or if they are deal breakers for a healthy work life balance.
January 8th, 2018 9:02pm
If you can enjoy your job, that is very special. When that doesn't happen, you can always focus on the career building, the accomplishments of your work, the interactions with clients and colleagues. Helping people, problem solving, and even just learning to stay positive when you aren't in the mood are all possible.
January 19th, 2021 3:25am
Hello. It seems like identifying your “why” for being in that job might help you answer that question. Certain situations are meant to help us get to where we are going and they are not our ultimate destination, so that is something consider. Also, clarifying what our goals are is often helpful in clearing up our minds from the “noise” of unimportant things and focus on what truly matters to us; here is where we determine how to move forward and whether what we are doing aligns with our desires/dreams. A good question to ask ourselves is whether the situation is life-giving (you feel better afterwards) or life-draining (you feel worse afterwards). I hope this helps.