A “Good” Job is the Worst Job

Jim Collins
Jim Collins

“Most who avoid quitting their jobs entertain the thought that their course will improve with time or increases in income… Pure hell forces action, but anything less can be endured with enough clever rationalization.” Timothy Ferriss

Good (not bad) is the enemy of great because when something is truly bad, you’ll get up and do something about it. Good, on the other hand, will cause you to settle and deal with things that you don’t really want to. And not only will you deal with them, you’ll continue to do so for an extended period of time. That good job is the reason that you don’t have a great job and is the reason you might wake up years later, full of regret.

Saying that something is just “good enough” is acknowledging that there is something better out there but admitting that you don’t think that YOU are good enough to have it. 

“Good enough” has to be stopped because it doesn’t just apply to your current job. It’s the reason most people don’t write that book, start that business, take that trip, or buy that car. If what you have was really good enough, it would’ve been your first choice and not your plan B.

So what can you do about it? Start with a serious self-assessment; reality is always a great place to start. Ask yourself and answer honestly: is what I have now what I really want? Is where I am now really where I want to be? It’s a simple yes or no answer. Don’t go out and quit your job, but decide right now if where you are is where you’d be happy in another year. If not, start planning your escape.

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