I Hate My Job

You hate your job. You’re thinking of quitting.

You are not happy and you find that you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning so you can go to work. If this is your situation then today’s message is for you.

Having a job you hate is never easy but sometimes you just need to grin and bear it until you have another gig lined up. Here are some productive things you may want to do:

1. START THE DAY WITH SOMETHING POSITIVE

Your daily morning ritual is extremely important. Start with being positive by doing something positive. Go to bed early and wake up early so you will have time to start the day with quiet meditation. A word of prayer. You may want to set your alarm to play upbeat or classical music, have a wonderful sip of coffee and read a section of an inspirational book and when you improve your mornings, you will be surprised at how this can do wonders for the rest of your day. Going into a job you hate will be worse if you get to the office feeling rushed, stressed and frazzled. Set aside some moments of solitude each morning.

2. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE

It is not true that everything about your job stinks. You are not working in the sewage are you? Do not exaggerate. There will always be something out there in your work life that will make you happy. So make weekly goals to help you achieve those goals.

But be careful with your daily goals too. Do one thing each day to help you reach your goals. Do not be too obsessed with crossing all your items off your “To-do-list” every day because this will frustrate you.

Sometimes it is easier to make it to 5 o’clock when you can keep your eye on the prize.

When you get up in the morning, set a daily objective for yourself and make sure you achieve it. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you feeling good about your progress.

3. DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS.

You may not love your job for the moment but do not rot. Use your time to learn new skills. This way you are putting in you more value and worth and preparing yourself to be a better candidate down the road. Attend your company training courses, learn something new on your computer. Read books. Listen to tapes during lunch. Turn this job that you hate into an opportunity for personal growth and improvement.

4. EXERCISE.

Your problems and challenges become bigger than life when you are weak and unhealthy. So go to the gym. Run. Take a nice long walk. Put these activities in your schedule so that will have something to look forward to every day.

5. CELEBRATE

Fine little ways of treating yourself. Celebrate your victories. You beat the deadline. Your boss compliments you. Find out what makes you feel better inside, no matter what is going on outside. Plan out your next vacation. Join a small group. I know so many young people who are involved with Bible study groups and they really look forward to their weekly meetings. I guess here they all meet together and pray that God be merciful with their bosses. (joke….don’t take me seriously here…..)

6. IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE

It doesn’t matter whether you like your job or you hate it. You must make it your goal to go to the next level and excel in what you do. Never for a moment think that just because you are employed you are working for somebody else. Your current accomplishments will be your equipment in future opportunities.

7. ALWAYS BE POSITIVE

Do not let your unhappiness in your job destroy your relationship with people. Maintain your contacts and keep your relationships positive. And this included the boss you love to hate. Realize that this too shall pass. Keep your chin up and be a professional.

If you are faithful in the small things then big things are bound to come.

Helen Keller says: “Keep your face in the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”

Believe me, there is sunshine even in your cubicle.

And by the way, attend my seminars too.

69 thoughts on “I Hate My Job

  1. ph_author_speaker_motivator

    Great post. I think it’s safe to say that, somewhere, sometime in a worker’s life we have had these problems. In fact, I think I’m in one. Perhaps implied in this message is to “evaluate the risk”, what are at stake? If it’s too high, you better take out your pen and paper and list down the things you like about your job, like:

    … Does your has a table, a roof, a parking lot, Be Thankful, do you want to do a job without a table, a roof, a parking lot?

    … Do they pay you for working there, do you have paid leaves, do you enjoy the special holidays that GMA put up and get paid, Be Thankful, do you want to work for free?

    You see, your attitude is like a tendon that connects you to your dream, without it your life is predictably not very high.

    So stop whining, gripping, grumbling. Start loving your job. Immediately, you would notice “everybody and everything” will start changing.

    Because you changed.

  2. Roland Abuan

    Thanks bro, for all your very helpful pointers !

    “ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for men. ” ( Col 3:23 )

    Thanks+Best regards

  3. batotoy

    thanks francis, u know what? i almost quit my job. for 3 months i had a hard tiem dealing with my boss. thanks you verry much. nag meet na tayo before, i know na d mo ako ma alala. till here…

    GOD bless….

  4. gid

    when i get my next job after my CPA board exam, attending your seminars will be one of my goals when i received my second salary (i’ll reserve my first salary for the church)

  5. joel condez

    i am speechless upon reading your blog. it has somehow enlightened my blur perspective towards my work. hope you could held seminars in zamboanga city soon.

    1. Francis Kong

      Thank you for your inquiry.
      I will have my office include you in their email directory so you could be furnished information regarding our public seminar offerings. Please feel free to write Bing Ericta and her email address is bing@inspire.com for further inquiries.
      thank you so much for taking the time to write me.
      Francis

  6. sleeper

    Waw! This one’s really for me. Yes, you’re right, Mr. Kong. The last thing I want to happen is develop a bad work attitude towards my boss or coworkers just because I don’t like my job. It’s not really the job, it’s the attitude. I mean, I still don’t like my job now (hehe) but it is always important to remind myself who is my Big Boss and thank Him everyday that I have a job when millions are having a hard time looking for one. Your article is very encouraging. Thanks! Hope you’ll come back here in Davao!

  7. Vanessa Cusi

    Hi Mr Francis. I love this article. It works for me. In time I feel the hatred to my job, I read this article over and over a again so it keep reminding me that there’s sunshine in my cubicle…

    Keep up!
    Thank you.

  8. Ranet Guzman

    Hi, Sir Francis, thanks to a friend of mine that your have this blog where we can subscribe…I always make sure that I watch UKG every thursday because that is Mr. Francis Kong’s day =)…The first time I saw you was during the 63rd PICPA Annual National Convention in Davao City..You made the convention lively…

    I really like your “I hate my job” article, It really inspires me especially now…I’d love to attend your seminars. An information regarding this matter is highly appreciated. God bless and more power.

  9. edem v. aquino

    Hello Mr. Francis,

    I always read this article over and over. It keeps me up on my toes and try to remind myself that my job is not just the job that pays the bill. I still believe in power of positive attraction. I hope that you won’t cease to write inspiring articles, and learnings that at the end of the day – will make us become a better person. As you say ‘ we don’t just move on, we have to move up’.

    P.S. Request lang po with your kind indulgence, can I invite you to become one of my Cool Friends in Facebook, in that way, you can share your thoughts to all FB users. Thanks so much and God Bless!

  10. ros

    sir, thank you for the very timely reminder… the work of my hands remain to be my offer of worship to the Lord regardless of the circumstance or situation…

    God bless you more!

  11. Glenn Giba

    thank you sir for this uplifting topic.. it really helped me a lot to be motivated.. I can say that the hate part does not apply to me.. more like bored, and this helped me found new ways to be productve..
    hope that i could attend one of your seminars one day..

  12. Wheng

    Really love this article. I used to received some articles from Mr. Francis kong when I was with my previous company. Now that I am in my new home, I missed them. Can I request it again using my personal email add that I gave please?
    Thanks in Advance and May God Continue to Give u MOre and MOre Wisdom to share and inspire other people. God Bless Always!

  13. fire

    by simply reading your article,it is quite an amazement that it has somehow positively implicates me to be more productive,.it kinda uplifting..i am looking forward that you can held a seminar here in zamboanga city so that me and my old pal joel condez can listen and thank you in person how you had help us served as an inspiration…di ba Condez?….see you soon …its payback time…..

  14. Goryozoo

    many thanks to Sir Francis…though i met you once but still i continue to read your columns and articles… your selfless desire to share the love of God through your words inspires me.

  15. marj

    im a pioneering employee in one of the prestigious company, however i find my job routinary …i wish to have title of books that would inspire and keep me going.. i often bored with the structured sytems we have in our organization…i need to inspire and motivate myself…hope you could send me books to read on…thanks much.. and i appreciate if you could download your talks on the net…thanks

  16. Carlo Navarr Matta

    It is always nice to start your day with inspiring thoughts that will always keep you smiling even though the wrold seems so tough. This article, together with all of your shared thoughts during the NuSkin Boot Camp, has given me a lot of inspiration and thoughts as to whether I can be somebody because I am doing something about it or be nobody because I was to lazy to work on it. By the way, you used the word “DUH” so many times in your talk that I forgot it was your next best selling book. I’ll buy a copy. G’day…=D

  17. MICHIGAY GEPULANE

    I’M WANT TO RESIGN ON MY JOB BUT AFRAID TO GIVE UP MY STABLE CAREER. THANKS FOR THIS INSPIRATIONAL TOPIC. YOUR TOPICS REALLY HELPS ME A LOT.
    SA TV MAN OR RADYO
    SANA PO MAKAATEND AKO SA SEMINARS NYO, DREAM KO TALAGANG MAKITA KAYO IN PERSON SIR FRANCIS.

  18. Jeanette

    Hi Sir Francis! I’m a private school teacher for now… It’s nice to see that I’m doing the right thing on things I love and hate through this article of yours… I can testify to the results. Ha3 I think I have to share this to my co-teachers. Anyway, I started to be a fan of your articles when my uncle bought your book, which is “One Day at a Time Book 4” during my college. I really read at least 2 to 3 articles per day… It really inspired me a lot to change to a lot better person during my college time and even until now… By the way, it’s really nice to see in person just this morning in “Meeting of the Minds.” Hope there’s more longer seminar of yours here in Bacolod…. Keep writing… I’ll do my best to read it all. God bless Sir!

  19. neil aldrin ko

    this is something that every employee and employer should read. great! congratulations and thank you so much sir Francis

  20. ahse

    Wow! I never knew that I’m doing some of the items you’ve mentined sir francis…Moving forward, I’ll do the remaining advises that I never do…Thank you so much! you’ve enlighten me… ^_^

  21. Tiffany

    I really like this article. I’m trying to master the art of being optimistic. It’s true that I want to quit and that I hate my job because of mostly my boss, but I also think that I’m in the wrong job, since I don’t really enjoy sitting down in front of my computer the whole day at the office.

  22. Mei

    I can relate to this topic, thanks so much for posting such encouraging guidelines. hope my husband and I can attend your seminars on money matters and being productive.

    Is there an upcoming one?

  23. sammy ross

    SIR FRANCIS

    I LOVE YOUR MESSAGE BECAUSE MY WIFE HATES HER JOB. I WILL GIVE THIS
    MESSAGE TO HER IT WOULD HELP A LOT. GOD BLESS!

  24. tessa

    upon reading this..
    i changed my mind on quitting my job this coming month..
    i read this article when i was at work and when i was at my worst..
    i shared this to my colleagues who has the same dilemma w/ me..
    and they asked where did i get it..
    i told them this site of yours.. they really loved the pcs of advise.. it’s an awakening call for all of us who doesn’t value our job..
    we’re now on the right track, more disciplined and willing to work..
    i got 2 of your books already and i can’t wait to purchase another one this coming pay out..
    thanks for the job well done, boss kiko..
    sorry, I mean sir Francis ..
    God bless..

  25. jam tan

    Helpful to some but not to me. I work for almost 14 hrs daily I’ve been with my job for two months now and i’m finding it hard keeping my job. I work as a bank teller. going home at 7:30 is “early”, we only can file for OT during mondays. I have a son in who is in preschool, we only get to see each other at night. My pay is terrible.

    Tell me, should I keep my job or not? Help

  26. lani

    i can truthfully say i had been a good-follower, initiator & inventor of new ideas & processes that will achieve every targets in our department. My fellow-office mates had benefitted in me by “tagging along” on this actions of mine .. but where am i now? still, down – doing the dirty works..while those who tag-me-along benefit & now enjoying the fruits-of-my-labor. Huh! what-a-team.

    is is favortism among my employer and boss bec. “sip-sip sila?” or they dont really want me to grow and they want me to do the dirty-works always (baka masapawan ko sila?)

    sir francis, thanks for these advices. Im in my darkess-mood & i really HATE my JOB!for now..BUT after reading this, im going to Beat this blue & keep the SUNSHINE IN. Hope you can have seminars this last quarter 2010.

    ps: hope you have more show appearances in Umagang Kay Ganda

  27. lyn

    In my case, I hate my life. I moved up to become a VP at age 29 in a big multinational bank. But what and where did it bring me? My life is a mess. I thought and everyone else thought, or still probably thinks, that I live a good, promising life, and I don’t. I feel I can do so many things, but my life is just so much of a mess that I can hardly focus on how I can get up from where I’ve fallen. Mr Kong, I would like to believe in what you’re saying, but you know, sometimes the realities of life make that such a challenge. So, to be honest, I’m not really sure if you’re for real – if you’ve been through the same challenges simple people like me go through. I came from a poor family and I completed my studies because of scholarships. Life has not been good to me, but I try to count my blessings. I want so much to further develop myself as I know I can do and achieve so much more, but I’m stuck. For many reasons, I am stuck. If you can find a solution in my case, I will definitely believe that you are a person who has “real” experiences in life and not someone who lives in a bubble.

  28. Francis Kong

    One of the most important objectives in staying with a job is to learn from it. Develop a network of contacts and friends but to engage one’s self in personal growth and development, building skills in order to land in a better position (or a better job offer)…. But if this is not happening, perhaps you, your strengths and your composition are not suited for the job. And when the reverse happens, when you feel like you have to drag yourself out from bed and go to the work place and your only source of hope is what you get on payday….you would not be doing your job well and would in fact restrict your future opportunities. Get the book “Strengths Finder” authored by Tom Rath and find out what your strengths are. This may be able to help you decide. Thanks.

  29. Kris

    I have been working for three years now and I always hated my job…I am not unfortunate because I am paid well and I excel in all that I do. Last year, I was even promoted and I got my award. However, I am not really contented working in an office environment. Hopefully, I will be able to find a sales job because that’s my dream job ever since….

  30. Isagani Duval

    sir, can i use this article to share to my subordinates?thank you for your reply. I always look for your column in philstar and i must say that your drive for excellence and tranformational leadership is one that i admire.God bless!

  31. Edelito C. Sangco

    Candidly, I can relate with the post Sir. Being a son of a poor farmer, it was my ambition to escape from farm life. But, faced with the only option but a BS Agriculture scholarship in college, I took up the course with hesitation. I landed a job in the Department of Agriculture, which I hated at the start. Nevertheless, my close encounter with the farmers had made me love my work and made it as a missionary vow to help the farmers, fisherfolks, rural youth and rural women out there in the countryside who needed agricultural extension services most.

  32. Jenny Nunez

    I have sent this to people here in our office and posted it on my facebook. So far I’ve received 4 feedbacks thanking me for this inspiring ways to combat work depressions. At first I thought reading ur book and online articles are really good for me but now I realized that by sharing it, it made someone day brighter and hopefully tomorrow better.
    ” Thank you for sending me this, I only learn a lot from what you’re sending me.” I replied.. ” No, thank you for reading. Thank Francis J. Kong and the one who created him.”

  33. Delia C Rueda

    Thank you for the very enlightening message… And you can really inspire people through this, ( my son actually is now burdened because of his superior at work)..
    I wish & pray that he can talk to you…

  34. andy san pedro

    Great. i see to it that i never miss voice over 98.7 on my way to office. Makes me cool vs traffic and the challenges awaiting in the office.
    Thank you for- Passing it forward…..

  35. Pime Therese M. Sarmiento

    Hi Sir francis,

    Eversince I heard your wonderful advice, comments, and little stories I was inspired and learned a lot… I’m just an ordinary service crew when I attended your seminar, until time I became a Manager, your bits of advice in life were still in my mind and in my heart, as time goes by, now I’m working in a commercial bank wherein I miss ur voice of golden words … But today were on the high end line of technology, I’m so thankful that I can reach you through net … Thank you Sir Francis for those memorable words, I read and I heard to you,,, how I wish to be on your seminar someday together with my office-mates. Thank you once again and God bless my idol Sir Francis……

  36. Edelson C. dela Cruz

    Thank you sir Francis. Your pieces of advice are always invigorating, very refreshing!More blessings and power. Continue to inspire people!

  37. Edelson C. dela Cruz

    You are a blessing to mankind sir Francis. May you continue to inspire. More power and Godbless!

  38. cynthia agravante

    I really like sharing and fowarding thru email your articles to my officemates because it lightens the pressures we encounter each day. It’s so inspring…. thanks so much, Sir. May God gives you more wisdom to be able to motivate and develop people in all aspects of life.

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