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Do you have to love your job to stay and succeed?

Updated: May 9, 2021

One of the shmoe's financial truisms is, that you have to be realistic about "job love" and stay committed to your job, even if it starts to suck in some ways, in order to maximize your success. Employers value people who don't flit about like little hummingbirds. When you apply for a job and have job changes every year or two, potential employers will notice that and assume if they hire you, you'll only be with them for a year or two.

Jobs have two main elements....the relationships with the people you work with, and the 100% "jobby" elements like what you do, what you get paid, your upward mobility, etc.

We all know the real world has a balance of "jobby" and relationship elements. Let's also realize that the job with fantastic "jobby" elements and amazing people to work with, doesn't exist in the real world. It's going to have some mix of good and bad in both jobbys and relationships.

And let's add a realization that even the most exciting thing in the world, whether it's a car, job, trip, or going to become routine. That 'shiny object' that glistens at you when you first hold it, inevitably gets boring and "ho hum." Jobs, and relationships, are no different.

As a result, you need to be realistic in your expectations. Even the jobbys that were exciting for the first six months, will inevitably get ho hum after that. The relationship that is exciting and fantatsic in the first six months, is also inevitably going to get ho hum after that.

So you should not be shocked if your current job, after you've done it for a year or two or three, will no longer be all that fantastic. Just like that brand new car you bought (let's not forget you shouldn't really buy a new car, on a financial win basis.....but I digress). Just like that spouse you married (or really, you the spouse that your spouse married...we all kinda suck as spouses, TBH). But, does that mean you leave the job? Does it mean you dump your wife for a new exciting one? Nope. You stick with it, and try to make it work by either changing your outlook or some element of how you interact with the job or people.

I hate to be like your downer uncle...but the reality is, life can get boring. Jobs will get boring. You have to stick with it and be committed, including a committment to make it (and you) better, in order to be successful.

Otherwise you're that person who switches jobs every year or two, or that cad or cadette who gets remarried every five years or the turd who "upgrades" to a younger spouse after 20 years marriage.

Commitment in jobs and relationships (including relationships IN jobs) is really the key to success. Not finding the most interesting shiny object to wow yourself with every ten minutes.

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