A job is where you spend close to 60% of your waking hours (counting emails and phone calls and commutes, etc. it’s closer to 80%). In other words, it’s more of a marriage than your marriage, more of a family than your family, and more of your life than you probably care to admit. So let’s be economically rational about jobs and the marginal utility of life.
I. Here are some bad reasons to remain at a job you hate:
- 1. You worked so hard to get here (sunk costs).
- 2. Family will be disappointed if you leave.
- 3. Friends will think less of you.
- 4. Coworkers will think less of you.
- 5. You want to keep being seen at that fancy restaurant/club/venue.
II. Here are some acceptable temporary reasons to remain at a job you hate:
- 1. You have to make your mortgage payments (not rent, just mortgage).
- 2. You have a child/children who depend(s) on your salary.
If you find yourself in this category, you should give yourself no more than 6 months at your current job, while A) actively searching for a new one, or B) figuring out how to earn money on your own.
III. Here are some good reasons to remain at a job you hate:
NB: Just for clarification, a job you hate can be defined by one or more of the following:
- 1. You spend all day looking forward to 5 or 6pm (going home time).
- 2. You spend all week looking forward to friday night or the weekend.
- 3. You spend all year looking forward to your 2 weeks’ vacation.
- 4. You wake up in the morning dreading going to work.
- 5. You wake up in the morning not wanting to go to work.
- 6. You wake up in the morning not itching to go to work.
Times are hard, but much can be changed by looking honestly at your life realizing you don’t need to jump through all the hoops people place in front of you.