Everyone Knows You Hate Your Job
We've all met people who shine. The sort of people who tell you about their day and literally burst with excitement about what they're doing. Usually we don't share their enthusiasm for the field they are in, but we can't help but get sucked up in their positivity. Well, it works both ways.
Your bad mood puts people in a bad mood
When the person behind the counter has a sour face, is impolite or is evidently bored, it makes our day a little worse. It's like getting cut off on the freeway by someone with an obnoxious number-plate and a cheap spoiler.
People always talk about customer service and the power of smiling, but a fake smile is as bad as a frown. We all know what a real smile looks like - we see them every single day, so how do you expect your dead-eyed grimace to fool anyone?
You can't fake happiness
You have to actually be happy. Now, this presents a problem if you hate your job. If you aren't enjoying the work you're doing there is only one solution: stop doing it. Find something better.
If you stick to it, promising yourself that one day it'll be better or you'll move on, then you'll be constantly sabotaging yourself just by your facial expression and tone of voice.
When you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work
Sure, there are days you don't want to get out of bed. There are days you just can't be bothered, but that day isn't every day when you love what you do.
When you're happy to be doing a job you do it better, you do it faster and you do it with a smile on your face. I don't care if you're a builder, a baker, a candlestick maker or a copywriter - if you love it you'll succeed, if you hate it you'll crash and burn.
Good money for a bad job is a band-aid on a broken leg
The money might keep you going. You might watch the clock every day and only keep going by repeating the mantra "think of the money" every 5 minutes, but that motivation won't last forever.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes the best thing to do is to temporarily take a high-paying but unenjoyable job to better your financial position - that makes sense. But if you end up stuck there you'll find that no amount of nice dinners, luxury cars or fancy holidays will make up for the hell of working all day, every day doing something that makes you unhappy.
The best reward is rewarding work, so grow a pair and give your notice. A better lifestyle needs better days, not fatter paychecks.