How I Identified I Was in the Wrong JOB!


A couple of days ago in my ‘Comfort & Riches Parable‘ post I mentioned I’d share with you how I identified that I was in the wrong job and how I got out.

Here you go…

About 10 years ago I decided that working for someone else was not making me happy, not securing my future, not fulfilling me, not helping me contribute in a wider way and not helping me follow my passions.

I had reached an impasse.

I realised something had to change, and I was the one that had to change it. You can read more about it in the My Story section on this blog.

So here were some of the warning signs that lead me to this radical change:

#1 I found that I was short tempered a lot of the time

#2 I had no clarity about my future

#3 I felt frustrated most of the time with no clear understanding of why

#4 I felt stuck, and didn’t know which way to turn

#5 I dreaded going in to work every day and even had daily anxiety pains in my chest

#6 Even though I’m not a natural worrier I found myself having worrying thoughts about what my life meant, if I would ever achieve the goals I had as a kid, and whether I was going to have an enjoyable retirement

#7 I felt like a huge bundle of potential tied in a knot, unable to undo it all

#8 I had no savings, no investments and no obvious prospects to progress.

If you can relate to any or ALL of them, I’m going to guess that you are not in the right job either. For me, I decided that working for myself was the way forward.

So, what should you do?

In my next post I’ll explore ways you can determine if there’s still a chance you can fall back in love with your job or, whether you have to get out to get on.

Until then, enjoy, breathe, relax and know there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.




Filed under Change Job, Confidence, Goals, Self help, Self Improvement, Success

17 responses to “How I Identified I Was in the Wrong JOB!

  1. Hannah Young

    I’m so proud of you dad x

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Been there too. Starting over, making change can be scary but is better than the alternative. My children were big motivators for me to make positive change. I did not want them to see me and know me as trapped, unhappy and crabby! I wanted them to know that change is possible, change is good and that sometimes, change is necessary. It would seem you provided a great example for Hannah!

    • Thanks Laurie, to be honest I was scared for many years. Scared of failing. I was attached to my own security. It took a lot of combined factors to tip me over the edge. Good luck to you with starting over – let me know if I can help in any way. πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you for sharing these warning signs. I am sure that many people can relate and benefit from your list. That is great that you had the insight and courage to make a change.

  4. I love how you use personal experience to help others, and that you give concrete example of how it feels like. Might be a relief for others to read!!:)

  5. Lovely clues that can help with identifying whether or not one is involved in the right thing.
    Relationships are a lot like a job. They could stagnate, demote or promote.
    It’s good to look out for these signs always.
    Great post, Stu. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great post Stu, I have some of those feelings and am working on dividing my job into two jobs which will help tremendously. I cannot quit my day job at this time nor do I really want to.

    • wordpress123

      Some of these feelings can spring up even when we are doing the job we love – my next post will explore this. πŸ™‚

  7. Pingback: BEING 40+…and feeling THE DRAIN | ACT. REACT. or just THINK about it!

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