I haven’t worked a 9-5 Monday through Friday job in so long, I can barely remember what it was like. Now I work about 14 hours a day instead of 8 (because that is what entrepreneurs do), but I don’t have a traditional boss in an office looking over my shoulder all the time. It’s a trade-off, which is why finding your passion and loving what you do is so important. I’ve often written in my articles that if I got a traditional job now, I’d probably get fired in my first week because I don’t know how to schmoooze a boss very well.
However, one thing I do remember about having a traditional job is that I looked forward to Saturday all week. Then when Saturday was over, I spent all day Sunday worrying about what my boss would say about this or that on Monday. Had I remembered to turn everything in on time? Had I checked my email enough over the weekend? Did I do everything he asked me to do? Did he catch me when I was five minutes late one day last week? Yada. Yada. Yada.
It’s a very sad way to live really, and my heart goes out to anyone living that life now. It’s like you spend 6 days a week wishing it was a different day of the week. Nobody really knows what that’s like unless you’ve been through it, and I can tell you from experience, it’s not fun. According to this infographic by Column Five Media called Is Your Bad Boss Killing You?, not only is having a bad boss a nightmare to deal with, it can affect your health and your overall happiness. Also, as you see on here, the majority of people who have a bad boss make the decision to just keep that job and try to deal with the situation as best they can.
To me, having a bad boss is like being in an abusive relationship. It’s just bad all the way around. To make matters worse, since we are all working more and more hours these days, chances are you spend more time at the office than at home. This only compounds the problem. You owe it to yourself to get out of that situation. When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired, you will start looking at other options. You are better than that, and you owe it to yourself and your family to be happy and healthy!
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