We have all done it. Worked somewhere we absolutely hated.
The Sunday night ‘fear’; lying awake in the knowledge that in about 7 hours you’ll be back in that place again. It could be your boss, your co-workers, your clients, your commute to work.
I’ve had my share of jobs I hated, working with truly awful small minded people who just wanted to see others fail. Including me.
Over time I have decided to hang on to the memory of these experiences.
Why? Because I’m a masochist? No.
I use them as a mental reference map. I’m glad I’ve experienced the true sensation of being in a role I fervently disliked. When I’m having a bad day, I boot up some of those memories and think “Well, I could go back to that if I don’t like this”. It’s a great motivator. A GREAT motivator. I thank my lucky stars for the position I’m in. It’s not always great, and there are days when things don’t go the way I want. But overall I wouldn’t want it any other way.
And neither should you.
I appreciate you can’t just go in tomorrow and bin your job. We’ve all got certain commitments that mean the book we are going to write/restaurant we are going to open/role we want to go for isn’t going to happen tomorrow. However, if you do take the plunge, remember why you did. Use it as a reference point. In short, go for it.
Have a great week. And if you are interviewing for the dream role, Good Luck!