How To Deal With A Dead End Job

June 28, 2007 at 9:28 pm 1 comment

While I’m going to school and working on developing my startup, I have to pay the bills.  I was married to my lovely wife Kaitlin almost 1 year ago, so going without an income is really out of the question.  To make ends meet at the present time I work as an industrial butcher at a major multinational food processing company.  It would be an extreme understatement to say I do not enjoy my job.  However, working with this particular employer has formed a part of my developing business philosophy by helping me see the type of business I would not develop.  The company embodies nothing comparable to my values as a person or as a player in the business world.

Now I know that most of us at some point in our lives are faced with a job, boss, or employer that doesn’t particularly appeal to us.  Drawing on my experience, I’ve come up with a short list of ways to deal with: THE DEAD END JOB!

1.  Dedicate your job to someone– it seems to me that the act of dedication gives a greater meaning and purpose to earning a living no matter how little you actually enjoy the means of earning.

2. If dedication to a specific person doesn’t work for you, work at finding out what your purpose in life actually is and then frame your dead end job with the greater framework of your life’s purpose.

3.  Plan a holiday-even if you have no holiday time.

4.  Structure your recreational time outside of work to accomplish as many things that are meaningful to you as possible.  This may help minimize the size of the looming job specter and help relieve the inevitable dwelling on your waking up tomorrow for work.

5.  Plan your next big thing, whether it be a backyard project or a new business.  It helps you feel as if you are moving in a forward direction.

6.  Appreciate the small things.  Pay attention to the beautiful sunrise or the sound of birds or just the early morning peace and quiet on your way to the workplace.

7.  Pack a good lunch.  By that I mean one which you actually really look forward to eating, not one you threw together five minutes before you left the house.

8.  Exercise.  The physical activity does wonders for relieving the mental tension of having to drag yourself to work each day.

9.  Be thankful you don’t live in a developing country and have to know what the meaning of extreme poverty is.

10.  Learn how to influence those above you.  Leadership isn’t always top down in a traditional corporate hierarchy.

11.  Joke around and laugh at work.  The time passes much more quickly this way.

12.  Give a portion of your income to a humanitarian or environmental cause.  You may not realize this, but if you actually have a dead end job, it is your responsibility to assist those who don’t have that opportunity to meet their basic needs.

If anyone has any other tips or suggestions, please leave a comment or email me at


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