Is your day job sapping all of your creative energy? Stay focused: Here’s how your 9-to-5 job — and that wantrepreneur bug — can prepare you for entrepreneurship.
Beep! Beep! Beep!
Your alarm tears you out of a deep, dream-filled sleep and drops you into the dark reality of Monday morning.
The blissful moments of ignorance in your warm bed shatter as you remember what awaits you at work: A huge stack of paper you must process and file. Those 138 unanswered emails from last week. That mind-numbing project your micromanaging boss demands by Thursday.
Yup, you hate your job.
You dream of the day you can submit your resignation letter. You resent your job for the time it takes away from truly building your career and future business plans.
Listen, I get it. Every moment you spend pushing paper in your cubicle robs you of precious business-building time.
But what if I told you that your awful day job is a blessing in disguise? And that it’s actually benefitting you rather than holding you back?
Not convinced? Well, let one of these reasons that your day job is a blessing in disguise change your mind. Remember — you won’t be a wantrepreneur forever.
1. Your 9-to-5 breeds hatred
You hate your 9-to -5. And sure, that may sound like a bad thing. After all, hate is a negative emotion.
But negative as it is, hate is also a motivating emotion. People don’t act out of apathy. People make progress because they are passionately in love — or passionately in hate — with something.
If you didn’t hate your 9-to-5, you wouldn’t be so motivated to build a business and become your own boss. (Click here to tweet this career truth.)
2. Your 9-to-5 provides a necessary evil
Most of us can’t live without an income for months on end.
As much as we’d like to, we can’t just pick money from the money tree in our backyards to fund our projects. Can you imagine trying to start a business — even a $100 startup — if you didn’t have steady income?
Your 9-to-5 is a blessing in disguise because it funds your business. It either allows you to save money for that “one day” when you do quit your job, or it allows you to get your business up and running without the chance of having nothing if it fails.
3. Your 9-to-5 makes you more effective in entrepreneurship
While getting a business up and running while working full time is overwhelming, it’s also a great opportunity.
Your 9-to-5 makes you a better entrepreneur by providing you with an environment for learning and practicing skills that are necessary to succeed in entrepreneurship:
- Conflict management
- Data analysis
Think of your 9-to-5 as a prep school for entrepreneurship. It’s a launch pad of intensive, immersive learning and skill-building to take you from wantrepreneur to business powerhouse.
5. Your 9-to-5 constrains your time
One of the worst things about your 9-to-5 is that it takes up so much of your time, right?
You spend hours and hours at work, and when you get home, you have other demands on your time: making dinner, doing errands, keeping the house tidy.
As hectic as it is to juggle a 9-to-5 job, day-to-day life, relationships, and building a business so you can finally leave your job, the time constraints provided by our day jobs are actually a good thing.
Constraints prevent procrastination and foster creativity.
Remember in school when you had to write a report in an hour? You probably did better on that report than on the papers you had all semester to write. Why? Because you had a time constraint.
5. Your 9-to-5 gives you freedom
Imagine you were jobless, and not by choice.
Imagine you got a pink slip. Imagine how you’d feel when you see the bills piling up, knowing you had no way to pay them. That $121.65 electric bill threatening to put a chink in your emergency fund armor. That mortgage depleting your checking account.
Imagine what you would do to stay afloat.
You’d end up in another crappy job, or picking up projects you don’t care about just to pay the bills.
When you’re desperate for work, you can’t focus on the right activities because you’re focused on surviving.
Yet, you’re lucky to have a job you hate. Because your crappy 9-to-5 gives you freedom:
Freedom from worrying about your next career move. Freedom from job hunting. Freedom from side jobs that don’t excite you but you take just because you need to pay your mortgage.
As awesome as you’d feel to wave a magic wand to go from wantrepreneur to full-time entrepreneur (leaving that crappy job forever!) there is a bright side to the time you spend pushing paper in your cubicle.
And all you need is one simple attitude shift for your working life to completely transform.
Monday mornings become infinitely less painful. Suddenly your boss seems less annoying. And you can smile your way through the crappiness, knowing that you’re well on your way to a business you love.
Sarah Peterson blogs at Unsettle.org, where she helps people start doing work they love through lifestyle businesses. Sign up for her free newsletter to find out how to build your own career and start loving Mondays again.