There are loads of reasons you might be looking for a job. You may hate your current one, need a change, or know your contract is ending soon. Or maybe your reasons are more urgent; it could be you just got laid off or maybe you’ve been without work for a while. Whatever your reason, stop right now.
You’re probably thinking, “But I have to have a job…” or “This lady is crazy!” You don’t and I assure you I’m not. In fact, here are three extremely compelling reasons to stop looking for a job.
Someone Else Will Control Your Time (and Thereby Your Life)
Here’s the thing, when you work for someone else, that person (or company) has control over the majority of your life. Think I’m kidding?
Assuming you get eight hours of sleep every night, you have 112 waking hours per week. The average work week is now 47 hours, not 40, and let’s be real – only a privileged few get to leave work on time, don’t have to take work home with them, and can survive without working overtime. So we’re down to 65 hours.
Now, what about the time you spend getting ready for work and your commute to the office and back home after? A Huffington Post survey found that 52% of people (men and women) spend 10-30 minutes getting ready in the mornings; let’s split the difference and say it takes you 20 and the average commute is 25 minutes. These bring us down to about 59 “free” hours.
I say “free,” but your job still dictates when you do things. It’s likely you spend most of your time planning around your work schedule. Stuff like exercise, doctor appointments, car maintenance, grocery shopping, and spending time with friends and family all depend upon your job. Your first thought when the girls/guys ask about a night out or your kids want to go to a movie? “Am I working?” or “Do I work the next morning?” At the most base level, your job even controls when you eat and sleep. So what if you’re not hungry during you lunch hour or are more productive at night. You work when you’re told to work.
Jobs Promote a Stagnant Lifestyle and Stunt Growth
If you have a job and it pays the bills, it can seem counterproductive to rock the boat. Why give up a good thing when you have it and why stop looking for a job that can offer those things if you don’t?
The truth is, that’s exactly the kind of thinking holding you back from accomplishing your dreams. Jobs provide comfort and stability (sort of), which are the absolute opposites of growth and development. By staying in your comfort zone, you’re actually avoiding opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. A desk assistant or retail manager job may get you a paycheck, but it doesn’t help you reach your goal of becoming an author or traveling the world. Those things don’t just fall in your lap; you have to make them happen and in order to do that you have to constantly be on the lookout for ways to better yourself by taking smart chances and embracing change.
By remaining in or searching for a job you don’t or won’t want, you’re committing to a lifestyle that is both stagnant and, to be frank, boring. If you choose to settle for mediocre, you can pretty much bet that’s what you’ll have for the rest of your life. But why do that to yourself?
You’ve only got one life, so live it to the fullest.
You’ll Work to get Someone Rich, but It Ain’t You
We already covered that getting a job will put someone else in control of your time, but it also means you’ll be focusing your efforts on making that person (or company) richer while you’re stuck with the same ol’ salary year after year.
In the business world, the only thing worth more than money is time because, unfortunately, you can’t get time back or request more. It’s pretty much the most valuable commodity in the world but, while it’s common to think of money in terms of investments, it’s significantly rarer to think of time the same way. The truth is, though, you should.
Time you spend is literally time you invest. Taking a class is an investment in your education, going out to dinner with your significant other is an investment in your relationship, reading a book is an investment in your creativity, and going for a run is an investment in your health. Working for other people, however, is an investment in their futures.
So, out of the 112 waking hours you have each week, you’ll ultimately invest 53 of them in someone else. I sure hope it’s someone you care an awful lot about because that’s a huge investment – nearly half of your investable time!
If you keep looking for a job and find one, know that you’ll literally be building someone else’s assets for them instead of building your own. Your time and effort goes into making money for someone else and, in my honest opinion that investment just isn’t worth the return.
So if Looking for a Job is so Bad, What Do You Do Instead?
Not too long ago I found myself in a situation where my contract was concluding and I needed to start looking for a job. And I did, for a while. Ultimately, however, I realized my time would be better spent working for myself and, as a result, I started my own business.
So the simple answer to this heading is that you should start investing in yourself instead.
It’s not as difficult and scary as it sounds, I promise, and if you already have a job, I’m not recommending you hand in your resignation today (although here’s a really great article on reasons you should quit your job).
There are smart, safe, and effective ways to build a business and start investing in your own future. You just have to look for them and have the courage to embrace the changes they will bring.