Exciting news! I’m am now officially unemployed for the next 3 business days! I just handed in my security pass and now freedom beckons temporarily until I start my new opportunity on Monday. And with that freedom I’m taking myself off to Barcelona for a long weekend.
I read an important book about a year ago that helped me fall back in like with the job that I just left, Quitter by Jon Acuff. Jon managed to quit 8 jobs in 8 years, in a way he was a serial quitter. Then Jon thought about his permanent dissatisfaction with the state of employment and realised that the common denominator was him.
So Jon stopped quitting and started committing. He spent every hour of his free time pursuing his dreams of becoming a writer and he spent every hour of work time dedicating himself to work (even if he knew it’s not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life). Lesson number 1 of falling back in like with your day job – don’t skive/play hooky. This will only perpetuate the downward spiral of hating your job and resenting it taking away time from your dream job pursuits.
Check out Jon’s (admittedly cheesy) video:
Quitter really resonated with me at a time when I when I was falling out of like with my job at the time. In fact I think it was my distinct change of mindset after reading the book that sent a signal out to the universe that I was ready for the perfect opportunity to smack me in the face. And smack me in the face it did.
The moral of the story is the more you kick butt at your day job, the more you will kick butt at your extracurricular activities. It makes sense if you think about but can be easy to overlook if you’re caught in a downward spiral. Also if when you are introduced to people you say “I’m _______, but I really want to be _______” then you definitely need to read this book. It will help you enjoy your present job more and take the pressure off of pursuing your dreams in your free time.