The J.O.B. abbreviation is true unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job. We’re conditioned in society to believe that it doesn’t matter what you do for work, as long as you work, as long as you’re employed, as long as you have a job. While there’s truth in the essence of that, having a job isn’t a panacea for your problems. What you do ultimately conditions and influences your life in a number of ways, mainly from a mental health perspective.
In my mind there are no “bad jobs” as long as you get some form of enjoyment for what you’re doing. Literally, nothing you enjoy working as is wrong, it’s when you feel marginalized or taken advantage of that I take issue. If you work at a fast food restaurant or clean toilets, there’s honour in both professions. But if when doing so you’re depressed and can’t help but spend every minute of every working hour upset at what you’re involved with, you need to re-evaluate what you’re doing and how you could possibly do something else.
The acronym J.O.B. stands for “just over broke.” My Mum first introduced it to me after hearing it at a seminar, and it really makes a lot of sense. Though in the seminar’s context it was likely used to push whatever product or class they were selling, unless your job pays you well, there’s a lot of truth to that. To me the J.O.B. abbreviation is true and very apt.
Don’t predict, hope or assume. Plan.
Don’t predict, hope or assume. Plan and make it so. You don’t know your future. I don’t know yours, nor do I mine. But if you take steps while working (yes, use your mind while you work if your job is fairly repetitive and straight forward) to plan how you can change where you are in your aspirations, you can find the right steps to excel past the current position you’re in.
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” Natalie Goldberg
*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?