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What To Do When You Hate Your Job

Raise your hands if you hate your job.

A Gallup survey from 2011 showed that 71% of employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work. My wife and I got “engaged” because we loved each other. If we were “actively disengaged” then it would be safe to say that we didn’t love each other. So if 7 out of 10 people are not engaged at work then the obvious conclusion is that most people can’t stand their jobs.

There’s a reason we did not name ourselves Debt To Wealth (although I like that name too). We all know money cannot buy the things your heart truly desires. You can have tremendous wealth and still be completely empty of Life. But what money can buy is freedom. People with wealth have more options than people who do not have wealth.

That’s why I love talking about creating wealth – in my mind it’s the same as creating freedom for people. Freedom to do the things you love. And mostly, freedom to be the person you were created to be.

When we were buried in debt it was the lack of freedom that hurt us the most. I was stuck in a job that I didn’t like because that paycheck was a necessity. Knowing that I had to make a certain amount every month just to pay the minimums, I had very few options. I looked at other jobs from time to time, but starting a new career at the bottom of the ladder would have killed us financially. Because I couldn’t afford a pay cut, I was a slave to a job I couldn’t stand.

Diligence: a Principle and a Promise

So how about you? Hate your job? Burnt out? Feel like the clock is ticking and your true giftings and calling are wasting away?

The Bible says that “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4).

In this simple verse God is declaring both a principle for success (diligent hands = wealth) and making you a promise (if you’re diligent you will have wealth). I know there are poor people who work hard, so I’m not saying I understand every dynamic at work here. But you have to admit that you don’t find many lazy people who are wealthy.

Be Thankful For Your Job or Break Out Of It

If you can’t stand your job, the worst thing you can do is to be part of the 71% who disengage.

Jesus taught that those who can be faithful in the small things can be trusted with more. Some of you just need to be faithful with the job you have and trust God for more. My encouragement to you is to develop a heart of gratitude for your job. Put a filter on your mouth and commit to not saying anything negative about your job (easier said than done).

But for some of you, your job is a prison and the warden’s name is Fear. Even though you hate it you stay…rationalizing that you need the money. But deep down you know you’re really too afraid to make the change. My encouragement to you is to write yourself a letter from the future.  Three years from now what are you going to wish you had done? Write a letter to yourself explaining how it feels three years later since making a change. Likewise, write a letter telling yourself about how you would feel in three years if you don’t change.

It has been said that everything we do is either motivated by love or by fear, and we tend to regret any decisions we make out of fear. If you want a life marked by greatness, embrace the discipline of diligence, and pursue only the things that make your heart come alive. Success lives at the crossroads of passion and diligence.

Committed to your success,


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Why You’re Not Successful

Wow…it is crazy to me how much psycho-babble there is about success on the internet. I buy into some of it, namely that most of us limit ourselves because deep down we don’t believe we can or should succeed…but…there is still a LOT of nonsense out there. The challenge with it is that you can end up feeling like you need a therapist to help you fix your subconscious beliefs before you can be successful…it becomes just one more obstacle on your journey.

While beliefs do play a huge role in a person’s success, there is one word that trumps belief every time: Action. You’ve probably heard someone say something like “I didn’t believe it would work, but I tried it anyway and it did!” So if you get stuck trying to figure out what you believe and why (paralysis by analysis), the best way to get unstuck is by simply taking bold action.

Action always trumps belief. Always.

What is the number one reason why most people are not successful? Lack of Focused Action.

There are several reasons why people don’t take action…most of them go back to the issue of belief – they don’t believe they can succeed, don’t believe they are worthy of success, or don’t believe they have any value to offer the world. The rest of them usually center on the word “fear” – fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of succeeding then being exposed for who you “really” are, etc.

“Don’t be afraid, only believe.” – Jesus (Mark 5:36)

Fear and unbelief are siamese twins. Whenever you feel afraid you can always ask yourself, “what lie am I believing?” Likewise, if you’re stuck in the quicksand of unbelief, you can usually figure out why by asking “what am I afraid of right now that is causing me to hesitate?”

It’s Never the Right Time

If you ask people why they don’t take action, most will say “I don’t have time.” This is usually a cop-out. The real reasons for not taking action are either because of fear and unbelief, or it simply isn’t a priority. Either way, let’s be honest and give the true reason for our inaction instead of blaming poor time on everything. Now if you catch yourself saying “I don’t have time,” ask yourself how many hours a day the President has…that should bring you back to reality. The issue isn’t time, but priority.

What is one thing you can take action on right now that will get you closer to being debt-free or help you reach your financial or personal goals? Why haven’t you taken that action yet? Identify exactly what the action is that you need to take, and if you can’t do it immediately, schedule it on your calendar for sometime in the next seven days. The only thing separating you from the success you desire is consistent action in the right direction. Take action today.

Committed to your success,


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