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Hate Your Job? Wish You Could Quit? Why People Feel Stuck in Jobs That Make Them Miserable


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So you hate your job! You're far from alone. Up to 70% of people are miserable at their place of employment. We're overworked and underpaid. We feel unappreciated. We no longer enjoy the work we do. Maybe we never did. Or maybe we don't get along with our new supervisor.

Do you find yourself with the Sunday night syndrome? Every Sunday night, you feel sick at the thought of having to go back there the next day, and the day after that. . .

And yet. . . most people, miserable as they may be, stay. Why?

They're afraid they may not get another job. They hate looking for a job. And yes, the economy makes job hunting a daunting prospect indeed.

But here's the real reason: most of us prefer the devil we know to the devil we don't know. We may think that finding a good job involves some degree of luck, and bad luck could land us in an even worse job than we're in now. Many of us have experienced exactly this, to our tremendous disappointment and frustration.

Also, every job search involves the likelihood of at least some rejection, an ugly word to most of us. Personal growth gurus tell us that people's most often cited fear is of public speaking, which they attribute to the hardwired instinct to avoid peer rejection at all costs. The possibility of facing rejection during a career search can be a big deterrent to changing jobs, particularly if you are respected and valued in your current job.

For these and other reasons, we sometimes stay in jobs we don't like much longer than we should, hoping it will get better, eventually sacrificing our health and happiness to make a ‘living’.

"After all", we tell ourselves, “it's not that bad" and “it pays the bills. " However, if we're honest with ourselves, we know that it is that bad. Stress experts tell us that doing something we dislike day after day can damage our mental, emotional and physical health.

We gradually lose our serenity, our motivation and enthusiasm, our ability to enjoy life. Our relationships suffer. If we stay in an unsatisfactory job long past its “best before" date, eventually we lose our self-esteem and even sometimes our jobs, as our unhappiness at work becomes more apparent every day.

It is simply not good for our health and well-being to be doing something we don't like day after day. We may think, oh, just so many more years and then we get to retire, but if we're miserable enough, we may not make it that far.

And besides, what kind of life is that? Alan Cohen once said, “The purpose of life is not to arrive safely at death. " And Joe Vitale likes to say, “Dare something worthy. " Think about it. Why not dare to go out and find a job you actually love?

Those jobs are out there. And one of them may well have your name on it. Discover how you can find the perfect job for you with Pam Jonsson's FREE downloadable audio and ebook at


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