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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,

-Wesley

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Why Debt is Not Your Problem

Can you explain in just one word why you are in debt? A few words that come to mind are college, unemployment, emergencies, desires, and marriage.

For me, that one word would be “easy.”

It was easy to get a car on payments. It was easy to put our honeymoon on credit. It was easy to finance new bedroom furniture. Most people are in debt for this reason – it’s easy. Is there anything you can’t finance these days?

Debt is not your Problem, and Money is not your Solution

I’m currently about 30 pounds over what I would consider my ideal weight. However, I would be deceived if I believed that I had a problem with my weight. My true problem is that there’s a breakdown of control between my fork and my mouth.

Napoleon Hill said “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” If you dig deeper into any area of your life that feels out of control, you will always discover a lack of discipline in that area. Lack of discipline always precedes chaos.

Financial discipline is a prerequisite for financial freedom. Getting into debt was incredibly easy for us – shockingly easy – and it took a tremendous amount of discipline and focus to get free. There will be times when you want to quit, when it feels not only difficult but impossible. How you respond in those times will determine your success.

Getting out of debt is like a boxing match. It’s okay to take a short break between rounds, but the second you throw in the towel it’s over. God is in your corner, and we’re in the stands cheering you on. Just keep fighting and you will get your victory.

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Committed to your success,

-Wesley

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