What is my day job? Software development. Do I hate my job? Absolutely YES! Do I love to code? Yes, I do! Am I gonna quit my job tomorrow to find my passion? Nope, not happening!
I’ve read a lot of big quotes in articles and books such as Love what you do, and you won’t hate working for a day OR Find your passion and work won’t feel like work. It is good to listen to these quotes but its all bullshit in my opinion. I love software development but hate my job. I have seen many designers working for a design firm but still hating their job, and many more artists working on exciting projects but hating their career to the core!
Does this mean that the concept of passion is just a farce? I don’t think so! The inherent problem here is not with the work we do but the idea of a nine to five job. It’s very unproductive and unstructured to work eight hours a day at a stretch. I personally cannot provide the best output every day for such a long time. My ideal productivity is six hours a day in spurts of two hours and four days a week.
If given a chance I would like to do work with a focus on my productivity rather than the time I put in for the work. Working a day job sucks out all the energy and I cannot see any time for my hobbies other than a weekend.
Another reason for this hate is I normally don’t get to work on projects that I want to, but have to work on what I am assigned irrespective of whether I agree or not. I think it is the same case with most of the people out there working nine to five.
I do love software development but just because I like to do something doesn’t mean that I would do it every day for years and years! I have different hobbies and would always want to pursue them. Sometimes I read fiction books for the sake of reading, not because I want to learn something. I love to code because it helps me create things just for fun. Life is not always about work but also about wasting time in laughing and doing things that give us happiness. When I am a parent tomorrow I want to see my children grow, spend time with them every day. Today I can see a lot of parents who work and see their children only at night or evenings. I don’t want it to be like that for me! In my thirties, I want to spend time experiencing different things along with pursuing new hobbies. What’s the use of buying a three bedroom house and not living enough in that very same house? Weekends are the days which people reserve for such things but I say is our life just a weekend? There are only 3640 weekends in an average lifetime and if you are more than 25 years of age, 35% of those weekends are already gone! Life is more about living than spending time working at a nine to five job. All of us don’t succeed in creating huge businesses. For people like you and me, financial independence is the only way to get this freedom. If appropriately planned we require no more than ten years to get to that stage.
It’s okay to hate our job because that is just a contract with the employer to earn money. But make sure that we save enough money to make it work for us. Whatever field we work in there is a high probability of hating our job even though we enjoy the work. If we are going to hate our job, then let us earn a high income and hate it. For us, financial independence is the only way out! I don’t want to spend the next thirty years of my life sacrificing my happiness and then be nostalgic about all those things when I am old. I want to earn money to get my freedom, not to buy expensive things to show off to other people. I hate my job because of its structure but I am going to use that emotion and be financially independent in less than ten years.