Are you settling for less? Why you might deserve a better job

You know that anxiety you get on Sunday knowing that Monday means back to the office? Just the thought of going back makes you wonder if this is all there is to life. Deep down there’s this feeling of, “There must be more”. But somehow, the years have flew by… and nothings changed.

What makes it so hard to leave?

  • Comfort Zone: Sure, the job’s a drag, but it’s familiar. Stepping out into the job market? That’s a whole other kind of scary.
  • Golden Handcuffs: Sometimes the pay’s too good to pass up, even if it means we trade our happiness for it. So we trade our soul for a happy wallet. 
  • Fear of the Unknown: What if the next job is worse? What if I can’t find anything better? These what-ifs can keep us in a loop of misery.

Why We Dream of Leaving

  • Lack of Growth: We know there’s more to us. Our subconscious craves progress, challenges, and the feeling like we’re getting somewhere.
  • Toxic Environment: Working at that place just isn’t fun anymore. Maybe management has changed or maybe what you do goes against your values. 
  • Seeking Purpose: We want to feel like our work matters, that it’s more than just a paycheck. We want to add value to the world in our own way. 

You deserve a job that brings you some level of satisfaction and growth, not just a job that pays the bills. So how do you start getting ready to venture off into a new career? 

  1. Start by acknowledging your worth! Get clear on what you’re looking for. What does a better job look like? What kind of environment, role, and company culture do you want? Recognize that fear of change is normal, but don’t let it paralyze you. Change is the door to new possibilities.
  2. Create Your Game Plan: What skills do you need to brush up on or acquire? Maybe it’s time to take that online course or attend that workshop. How much do you have to make at this new job or your own business to pay the bills? How much to break even? Who do you know that has done it? Who do you know that can help you think this through or connect you to people that can guide you?
  3. Create a Financial Plan: Having a financial plan and cushion gives you the freedom to make choices. Start building that emergency fund, so money won’t be the only thing keeping you at a job you dislike. Work with an advisor to create a financial plan that will may hold you through for a year or so until you grow the business. The right advisor can help you think of things you didn’t even consider. 
  4. Prepare Your Exit: Update your resume, network, and start scouting for new opportunities. Don’t just dream about leaving—start taking concrete steps to make it happen.

Change is scary, but living in regret because you were unwilling to take a risk on your potential is scarier.

*Disclaimer: The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendation for any individual. To determine which strategies or investment may be suitable for you, consult the appropriate qualified professional prior to making a decision. Investing includes risks, including fluctuating prices and loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss.

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