Divorce Your Job

divorce your jobHave you ever wanted to divorce your job? A friend and I were discussing jobs and the pros and cons to owning a business, and it got me thinking, why do we put up with so much stuff from a job that we would never tolerate in a marriage or in a committed relationship?

Our discussion was based around the opportunity that my friend has to buy a business. It is an established business and business that he knows a great deal about. But through our discussion it became clear that while he likes the business, he might not really be in love with the business, and more than likely not ready for a lifetime commitment to it. There are downsides and there are definitely red flags that he sees… no different as one might see if entering into a relationship… all of those “gotchas” that you have to be on the lookout for.

Of course, I don’t have a clear answer for him as this is something that he needs to work out his own. He is a very bright and insightful man and I am sure he will figure it out.

But after our breakfast meeting and on my way home our discussion got me thinking and wondering about the true differences between a marriage (or long term committed relationship) and a job? Why do we have a certain set of standards for one on how we want to be treated, how we want to feel, and how happy we might want to be, but when it comes to the other, we are more than willing to compromise those things and in the end be plain miserable.

Divorce Your Job

If your job were a spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, romantic relationship partner, whichever… would you still put up with it? Could you commit to it, tolerate it, put up with “their stuff?”

This is all still a very loosely formed thought in my head and just as with my friend, I don’t have any clear answers. Mostly though, this is just a different perspective on how important it is to love what we do in life professionally

We don’t get into relationships (normally) to be beat up and to feel like crap, right? Why would a business, job, or career be any different?

Maybe it’s time to divorce your job and move on to greater opportunities? It’s something to think about.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 03 Sept 2007

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