Job aspirants, especially newly graduate, would settle for any job to earn a quick buck. But the question that you really want to ask yourself is that what you really want? When I graduated, I wanted to join one Smart Communications. This is one of the biggest telecommunication company in the Philippines and I heard from a friend that they really pay well. Sure enough the pay was good, benefits are better, and the bonuses are extremely awesome. Well it was when I was working there. So I settled for a customer service job answering calls for their subscribers. I told myself that it was a stepping stone. But my plan of the transferring to a different department did not happened. So the question is: Is that a job that you really want for the rest of your life?
My plan did not working out and years after I am still with customer service industry. So in the last 16 years of working, I have been keeping odd hours. My work start late in the afternoon and ends early in the morning. I know that someday my body will pay for the inconsistent sleeping patterns that I allow my body to have.
I used to love the idea of waking up late and sleeping early in the morning. Back then it wasn’t a big deal. As long as I get paid really well, it didn’t really matter. I tried going to the gym to be in better physical condition but the lack of sleep hinders me from waking up hours early before work and go to the gym to get some exercise.
Funny thing is, I graduated with a degree in Marketing. I should have gotten a job in Marketing, Advertising or Sales but I got to fond of my comfort zone. After years working in Customer service industry, I knew that I did not want to do that for the rest of my life. I was afraid of taking risk. Now I know I should have specially when I was still single. Now that I am married, it is difficult to risk the stable income for exchange for a career change. You see. Afraid of taking risk. Don’t be like me. Learning from experience doesn’t necessarily needs to be your experience. You can learn from the experience of others.
I have met a lot of people over the years who feels the same. Who also took the same route that I did. Just like me, they aim for a high paying job instead of finding a job that they really love. So If I have a time machine and got the opportunity and knock some senses to my 20 year old self, this is what I will tell him.
Find a job that you are passionate about
If you find a job that you are passionate about and extremely enjoy, you will get ahead in your career. You will be motivated to learn and develop your skills for that particular work. Money will come in later. So don’t aim for the money first. Find a job that you love so that you won’t get bored and be better at it. Money will flow after you have develop the necessary skills.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
Don’t be afraid to take risk
If you find yourself in a job that you don’t really love, gather up the courage to switch career. 5 years after working in the customer service industry, I realized that I want to do something different. I had the chance to move to sales. But after years of working in the company, I was not ready to leave the stable income for something that I consider then risky. I consider it risky because your income will depend on the commission for the sales that you make. Little did I know that my life could be different today if I took the leap of faith back then.
Remember stable job equals stable income. That simply means that you will get paid the same amount of money even if you exert a lot of effort. Compared to Sales where If you exert more effort, you will get more income.
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
Think long term
I was thinking long term back then. To be honest I wasn’t thinking at all. I was naive then. I buried myself with books, video games, movies and TV series. What I should have been doing back then was investing my time for my personal development. I wasted so much time with things that gratifies my for the moment. I focused on developing my skills back then, I would have been an expert on that particular skill by now.
So I spend around 4 to 5 hours after work back then. I focus on developing my writing skills, blogging or earning passive income back then, I would already be an expert by now. Time is an asset that we should give more attention to.
With everything said, mistakes made and the regrets from previous action still haunting me today, the only option that I have is to move forward. You might also be in the same dilemma. You might have done the same mistakes that I did. Today you can turn things around. Don’t wait for tomorrow, next month or next year to act. If you really want to do something that would have a positive impact on your life. Do it now. Don’t procrastinate. Have some balls and get out of your comfort zone. Your future self would thank you. So I want to close this post with a quote from the movie gladiator. “What we do in life Echoes in Eternity”
Check out my tips for things to do before you quit your job. Click here
Thanks for dropping by and Screw Monday!