If you don’t like what you do, do it well!
You read hundreds, if not thousands, of blogposts telling you “if you don’t like what you do, then change”. Start a company. Travel the world. Work for yourself. Work for your best friends. Start a blog. Run a Youtube channel. Run a mile. Run 50 miles. Compete in Ironman. Become Ironman!
That’s all well and good, but what if certain circumstances in you life make the decision for you? Nobody talks about that. It could be family, rent, a landlord, an illness, a spouse, a promise, politics … anything. You are not able to change or work for yourself or your best friend or run a successful blog that pulls in 3 grand a month through affiliates or a Youtube channel that averages 100,000 views per video. The world has changed and there are certainly more options presented to you to plan your exit out of whatever shit storm you currently find yourself in, but sometimes those options are also presented to people, who are (amongst a multitude of reasons) out of luck. And no one really talks about the role of “luck” in successful entrepreneurs, companies and online businesses.
So what do you do? Just sit around and mope and sink deeper into your chair at work? No. You take whatever job you’re presented it and do it well.
“But how the hell am I going to do this well if I don’t give a shit about what I do? And why should I do it well?” you ask. Ah, but you see, you’re missing the point. You don’t give a shit about what you’re doing because you don’t like it, fair enough. But you also don’t give a shit about what you’re doing because you don’t realise what doing well in the job you don’t like could potentially do for you. Let’s say you’re a student and you regret taking that course and you sit in the back of the class without saying much. There’s already a sunk cost so you can’t drop out and get your money back, it’s done. Now let’s say you turn things around and really start pushing yourself to be engaged , start actively participating, meet up with the professors after class, have deep conversations and then have someone someday randomly come up to you and say “Oh hey, I heard you say such and such in class, there’s a job at XYZ company that you would absolutely love, why don’t you come check it out?”
And voila, fast forward 10 years down the line, you’re doing a job you love with people you love, making money you love. This same mentality could be applied to a toilet cleaner, an office manager, a PR consultant, a doctor or an Astronaut, it does not matter. All that matters is the realisation that whatever situation you have been put in, or you have put yourself in, is simply a bridge to get to where you actually want to be.
Do your shitty job. And do it well.