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Ask Sheri – Jobless & Frustrated

“I’m frustrated and need guidance.  I’ve had 7 jobs in the last 5 years.  Two I was laid off from, one the whole company went under and two I had to quit because they were terrible.  I’ve been looking for a new job for weeks, and I can’t seem to find anything that suits me.  I know a lot of people are out of work right now, but I have experience is several fields.  I was also thinking of writing a book and wonder what you see in the future for me?”  – Claudia

Dear Claudia,

I know there are still many people out there unemployed right now, and it’s frustrating to be out of work.  The financial pressures can be overwhelming, and having a job you’re unhappy with can make things miserable as well.  I have to ask, though … What’s worse than having a job you don’t like?  Not having a job at all can be a very bad thing.  Yes, I know there’s unemployment which lasts a while, but it’s not the long term answer.

You might not like the advice I have to give, but I won’t lie to you.  Things will not change with your current way of looking at your situation.  Do you know how many people work doing their dream jobs?  Not many.  Do you know how many people do work in their dream jobs only to realize it’s not quite what they hoped?  Your struggle, as well as your gift, is that you are highly creative and always seeking freedom.  In a job where you have a boss and rules and a schedule, this can be a difficult thing to deal with.  However, learning to use those skills to your advantage can make life much easier.  Maybe you have to work at a job that’s not your favorite place to be, but how can you make life better?  You don’t have to be emotionally attached to your job like it’s the only thing that defines your life.  Your job can simply be just your job – a way to support yourself and nothing more.  Your job doesn’t have to define you. Find other activities that support your creativity and need to experience life.

You can do something on the side which you consider your work, too.  Let’s say you want to write a book, you can consider that your work and your job just your job.  Your job supports you, but your work can help you find fulfillment, happiness and achievement of a dream.

I will say, though, that writing a book is a daunting task.  It takes commitment on a level greater than you might realize, and it’s rarely a ticket to fame and fortune.  If you decide to write because you love it, go for it!  Don’t hold back on your dream.  But, if you want to write only because you’re looking for a financial boon, this is the wrong place to look.

My advice is to find a job that will alleviate the financial strain a bit.  This will make life less stressful.  Maybe write for fun, and see where that takes you.  I’m not saying that you should give up on finding a job that “suits you”, but it might take a few extra steps to get there.  At least have a solid plan in place for how to reach your dream job, and start at the closest point possible to that dream.  It might not be perfect, but it’s a starting place.

Wishing you the best,

Sheri

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