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,


Let’s dialogue – what changes do you need to make in response to this post?

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2 Responses to “What To Do When You Hate Your Job”

  1. Shaun Emerson Says:

    This is an excellent subject, and one that I’ve found myself getting caught up in at times. It’s really an easy thing to get caught up in.

    As you mentioned, a key part of being able to enjoy your job has to do with gratitude. I find it necessary when working to always remember the verse in Colossians that says “whatsoever you do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men.” When you adopt the attitude that what you are doing is for God, and not just your boss, it really does help with keeping a good attitude at and about your job.

    Another thing I like to remind myself is “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It’s really easy to start getting a bad attitude about your job, especially when something bad happens on the job. But being thankful to God even amongst negative circumstances can help you to remain positive.

    Let us also not forget that God is the one who puts these opportunities for employment in front of us. And if we complain too much about the blessings God does give us, He could just as easily take them away from us. As you quoted in your post, if you can be faithful with the small things then God will trust you with the bigger things. The same passage also talks about the man who wasn’t faithful having what he had taken from him.

    It’s also a good idea to avoid conversations with coworkers who are constantly complaining about their job. If that can’t be helped, then just say “Hey, I don’t want to hear about it.” It’s contagious, and it will only be a matter of time before you start to hate your job as well.

    Man, you really sparked my mind with this post. I had to cut this comment down because it was getting way too long. So instead I took what I had written and made my own post. Thanks for the inspiration. I did give you credit and a link back to your site.



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