3 Things You Can Do If You Are Unhappy At Work

3 Things You Can Do If You Are Unhappy At Work“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I recently posted a question on our Facebook Community Page asking people whether their current job brings meaning and fulfillment into their lives and I have to say that the answers weren’t too positive. I am sure that there are a lot of people in this world that don’t love what they do, people who don’t love their jobs and that is exactly why I decided to write this post. We live our lives based on the choices and decisions we make on a daily basis.

Life is what we make it and if we really want to be happy, we need to become aware of this truth and we need to realize that: “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Buddha

If you are stuck in a job that you dislike, you have the power to do something about it, you have the power to allow/ bring happiness back into your life. Being stuck in a job we don’t like is not something we want for ourselves, for this will drain us of energy, making us and the many people  we love very unhappy. If you are stuck in a job you don’t enjoy, here’s what you can do about it:

1. If you don’t like your job, change it

Change your job, change your life. Like everything in life, if you don’t like your job you can always change it. You can always remove yourself from the situations that are not meaningful nor fulfilling to you. It can be scary I know, but keep in mind that short term pain will bring long term gain and if you are not happy with your job right now you will have to change it because if you don’t, you will not be able to be happy with your whole life, and you will become resentful towards yourself and those around you, living a life full of regrets, pain and anger.

Remove yourself from your job if it’s not meaningful and fulfilling, remove yourself from your job if you are unhappy with it and trust that there is something out there that you can do better than anyone else, and know that without your work – your meaningful contribution, the world will not be complete. Have some faith in yourself and the very wisdom that created us all, for I am sure nobody was sent here on this planet to be average and stuck in a job they don’t like.

“Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do the things you need to do when you need to them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do them!” ~ Zig Ziglar

2. If you can’t change your job, change your attitude

Attitude is everything! It’s not always easy to just leave a job that we don’t like because we all have these earthy responsibilities – mortgage, college fees to pay, car payments to make, etc., and of course, let’s not forget about the basic needs that need to be met. Until we manage to find a job that we love, a job that is meaningful to us, it will be beneficial if we could change our attitude towards our current job and towards our present life. You have no idea how much a positive attitude can help, and how happier we will become the moment we decide to look at the bright side of things, and trust me, there is always a bright side.

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler

3. Keep your dreams alive

It s so important to keep our dreams alive, knowing that: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney No matter where you are, no matter how horrible your job may be and no matter how much you dislike it, if you manage to keep an eye on the things you want, if you manage to keep an eye on your big, bold and beautiful dreams you will be happy. Every experience has something to teach us and instead of being resentful we can chose to be grateful for the lessons they are helping us master.

If you don’t like your job, change it and if you can’t change it, you can always change your attitude, and that will make all the difference. Let’s not complicate our lives and let’s not be to harsh on ourselves because if we don’t practice love, gentleness and forgiveness towards ourselves, chances are that nobody will. Always look to make the best of everything that happens to you, of what you have and where you are and allow yourself to learn from every experience and every interaction, allow life to make you better not bitter. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” ~ Buddha

With all my love,



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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita, the Founder of PurposeFairy, is an enthusiastic student of the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Her acclaimed blog post,15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy , was shared by over 1.3 million people on Facebook. Later on, it became the heart of her book, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy., book that was published by Penguin Random House.For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

  1. Thank you for all the wonderful articles. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist here in California and i use your articles with my clients often. So helpful.Shammy

  2. If you have a job you hate, or have to get a job you hate, work on your dream job during off hours. Eventually you will realize your dream. You won’t realize your dream unless you work at it. There is value in every experience if you accept it.

  3. My daytime job sucks, I feel like part of a very big problem. But when I’m able to help someone despite of the overall negativity, I feel like all the sadness has been worth it! Even if it’s a small thing, but find something that makes you happy and can help you overcome between gigs. It can make all the difference.

  4. I happen to agree with this posting, however, I do find it to be a joke when she says just change your job. I’d like to see her emailng, calling, faxing and interviewing for the jobs that are out there today. I have never seen it this tough and I loved my job when I lost it over a year ago. I was and executive for the last 25 years and I lucky I can get an interview in my field of work right now. As for the other points. I agree I am trying to change my attitude, I have become very cynical about the world over the last year. No one will help you unless you help yourself.

    1. I agree with you Dee. I think it would be irresponsible for me to just quit my job which pays and provides good benefits just to be happy. I have wife, kids in school, etc. I would be even more unhappy if I couldn’t provide for them. My prayers for your successful job search and positive attitude.

  5. Like all of us, I used to bust my hump for someone else and get paid what they wanted to pay me. An opportunity presented itself where I could not be my own boss, but where I could get healthy and give those in my life get healthy as well. And the company is growing leaps and bounds and has been featured in SUCCESS from home magazine! I made the choice to make a chance and am happier and finally sound!! AND WE ARE HIRING EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!

    1. I am in the nutraceutical industry and helping people with their goals to live a healthy lifstyle. Also, I live that belief system.

      I am currently working, but looking for a company I can grow, be rewarded and not fulfilled.

      Like to send Resume- I am in AZ

  6. It is not easy to change jobs, it is scare, but it is also sad, scary etc. to be unhapppy. It is all about attitude. Find something outside your job that will make you happy..hobbies, sport, volunteer for charties, etc. I have been in a job for 5 years that I did not enjoy and kept on look for something new, and it has finally arrived. Starting at a new place 1 June. But in the last 5 years it has been a constant fight with myself to stay positive. It is posible and it is a choice!

  7. I wish I could change my job, but there is nothing i can do, there are not so many jobs on the market so i could choose something else.

  8. Ricky Raw is right. I have had lots of great jobs and some I had to like. Now I don’t have a choice or a job. All the philosophers and motivators in the world can’t help you when you can’t provide for yourself and people say “get a job.” I say, I’ll take any job you got. Now what?

  9. Gotta say about the “Change your job” – no way is it as easy as you make it out to be, especially in the current job market. Not having an income for a month can be the difference between living on the edge, or having your lights turned off, not enough food, or eviction.
    The other two points are good, but the first…not so much IMO.

    She didn’t say it was easy. Just that you had to do it. Or at least try.

    Look at #2 on her list: “If you can’t change your job, change your attitude.” In that title she’s making it clear that some people won’t be able to follow rule #1 about changing their job, that it’s not a solution that everyone can follow. So #1 is a perfectly fine rule because it’s followed by #2, which covers what to do if #1 works out.

    Regardless of whether or not it’s easy, what’s the alternative. Just repeat your story about how hard it is and use that as an excuse to not try to change your job at all?

    Since #1 doesn’t meet your criteria for useful, what would you replace it with? Would you skip a rule #1 altogether and just advise people to follow #2 and #3?

  10. I love this post. I am currently very unhappy with my job and I am applying for new jobs everyday. So far, I am still at my job, so I am changing my attitude. It is working wonders.

  11. Gotta say about the “Change your job” – no way is it as easy as you make it out to be, especially in the current job market. Not having an income for a month can be the difference between living on the edge, or having your lights turned off, not enough food, or eviction.

    The other two points are good, but the first…not so much IMO.

    1. I agree with this. I think it’s important to think of your long term goals but also to look after yourself in the short term, and the second sentence is very true .. and changing your job is not easy if, like me, you’ve made some bad choices and are not best suited to the 9 to 5 job market. 14 months of unemployment is not something I want to go through again. Some people are very good at finding jobs but I am not, and as much as it’s important to change your attitude, it can and often does take time for things to come to fruition.