“I am not happy with my current job. I am confused and don’t really know what to do!”
If this is your concern too or the concern of someone you know, this article is for you. I can help you get rid of the confusion and make things clear for you, and I will do so by asking you only 2 questions. Alright, so let’s begin.
Q. 1) Is the reason for your unhappiness internal or external? Are you unhappy because of an internal feeling or due to external surroundings (Structural surroundings, rude/mean colleagues etc)?
–> Unless you know whether the unhappiness is caused by an internal or external influence, chances are that even if you quit your current job and take up a new one, in the longer run, you will again find yourself unhappy.
Q. 2) If external, then ask yourself what can you do to change it. If it does not change, you can change your job. But if the reason is internal, ask yourself this question—Are you uncomfortable with the very idea of job? If yes, then why? Do you feel that you have to work hard so that your boss can get rich? Do you feel that doing so much amount of work is unfair for a very meager salary? Do you feel like you are being used, for the benefit of someone else?
–> You will certainly be unhappy when you look at your job only as an opportunity to take something from. If you are doing so, then, in a way, you are looking at your job only as an opportunity to exploit for your benefit. And when you are unable to take something from it, you become frustrated and unhappy.
But if you look at your job from an entirely different perspective of serving, of contributing for the greater good, it fills your life with joy almost instantly. When you open your mind and see how vital and precious a role your work plays in serving the people around the world and making the world a better place to live in, you will be amazed at your own contribution.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
― Rabindranath Tagore
Think about it, in a way it is your work that gets processed and comes out as finished products and/or services and reaches the people all over the world. So from this perspective, even through your job you are serving. Even your boss serves. And this is the law of the Universe.
Anything that anyone does in this world is an act of service. Any and every company serves the people through their products and/or services. Be it Apple, Google, Wal-Mart or Ferrari. Every successful company knows this formula:
(Quality of products/services) X (No. of people served) = Amount of growth
So it’s that simple: The more quality of service you give out in the world, the more you win. It does not matter if you are an employee or a CEO. Job or entrepreneurship is mere words, and the only difference is that in entrepreneurship you get to decide the quality of your service, the number of people you want to serve and your own time frame. That’s about it!
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life
that no person can sincerely try to help another without
helping him or herself. Serve and you shall be served.
If you love and serve people, you cannot, by any hiding
or stratagem, escape the remuneration.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
So it is this realization that you are not working for your boss. Rather, you and all your bosses are serving one another in this world and that you are a part of this universe’s master plan to be of service to others.
This also does not mean you should sacrifice your promotions/incentives/opportunities to grow. Life is growth. But when you realize that you are a part of this greater purpose, you will be filled with joy and happiness with any work that you do. You can then live in the present moment, cease it totally, focus precisely, give in your best and climb your way up the ladder of life.
“When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.”
― Wayne W. Dyer
Points to remember:
- Shift your perspective from what you can take from your job to what you can contribute.
- Serve and you shall be served.
- Whether you are a Singer, Actor, Writer, Sportsman, Politician, Astronaut, Scientist or anybody else, you must choose to serve the world with your talent and ability, if you wish to win.
- (Quality of products/services) X (No. of people served) = Amount of growth
~ The Magic