You don’t have to love your job in order to be successful. You’ve probably been good at a few jobs that you didn’t particularly like. Sometimes you won’t always find yourself working in your dream job, that’s for sure. Millennials today are balancing high loan debt with amazing skill-sets and finding sub-par jobs that keep them afloat. Not finding your dream job doesn’t mean you’re not successful; it simply means you’re doing what you have to do, and you’re doing it well.
You are learning new things. It is totally horrible going to an office that makes you want to tear your eyes out, but everything really is a learning experience. While this may sound like hippie mumbo-jumbo, there’s truth to it. You’ll start to figure out what you don’t like about your work environment, which will clue you in to not accepting a future job that waves those same red flags. You’re learning new skills, clocking time on your resume and developing work ethic. Embrace this.
You are making it, despite the country’s downfalls. Everyone–especially those of us in big cities–are trying to make ends meet. Despite the high unemployment rate, major job competition and price of life, you’re still going to work every day. You’re doing your best. You’re trying to come away with it with your chin up (and I know that because you’re reading this article). Be proud of that.
You are able to turn your misery into inspiration. Short of quitting your job (there’s no shame in this if you’re unhappy), you can turn to new things for balance and happiness. Maybe you’ve started or are thinking of starting a new workout regimen? Maybe you’re going to a book club once per week after work in order to mix up your work week. Maybe you’re simply allowing yourself one hour per day to apply to new jobs.
These are small moves that actually affect positive change. Why? Because you’re not falling into a depression; you’re adding color to your life so you have something to look forward to. Don’t become one-dimensional. There’s more to you than work.