Why you shouldn't care about your job as much as you do

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Thu, Nov 10, 2016 by Jobbuh

Americans are stressed out. 33% of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress, with an incredible 77% reporting regular physical symptoms caused by stress. And the number one reason for Americans being stressed? Job pressure, followed by money, health, relationships, and curiously followed by poor nutrition and media overload. All of those are related, but the fact that Americans are most stressed by their jobs is not surprising. We spend the majority of our time at our jobs and it's how we provide for our families and the people that are important to us. If you're feeling stressed, you're not alone. 

Stress hurts, both physically and mentally. 48% of people say that stress has had a negative impact on their personal and professional life, with 35% of those reporting that stress from work significantly interferes with their personal lives. And 33% of workers report that they always feel stress at work. Did you know that the annual cost to employers from stress related health care problems is $300 billion? We could fix the budget deficit by eliminating stress. Stress is a real problem and if you let it control you, your life can quickly spiral out of control.

I'm going to give you the solution. Rather than stress or quit your job, give this a try. Care less about your job. Not saying stop caring, just care less. What's the worst that can happen? Yes, you could get fired, but there are other jobs out there if you've got experience and a resume, you'll find a new one eventually. I'm going to surprise you and say that you will actually see the opposite if you care less. You'll be happier at work and in your personal life, but your performance will also increase. I work a high pressure sales job where numbers are everything, and I rarely look at my performance or care much about it, yet am consistently one of the top performers not just in my team and division but the company. Am I good at my job? Yes, but so are others, and they put so much stress on themselves that they allow that to interfere with their performance because they think more about what can go wrong than just doing the job.

Stress is a real thing, but it is also something you create, especially at work. Remember that your job is just that, a job. It does not define who you are as a person. It is something you do in order to make money which we all need to live. What matters is your life outside of work and the people in your lives and the moments you have with those people and the memories you create. Not what you did at work. When you are lying in your casket at your funeral and people are talking about you, do you think they're going to care that all your spreadsheets were perfect and you made the President's Club trip every year? No, they're going to talk about the person you were and the good times they had with you outside of work.

Give it a try and it will be one of the most liberating feelings you ever have. So much of what happens in the workplace is beyond your control, and if you only worry about what you can control, your stress level will immediately decrease and you will feel like a whole new person. If you've seen Office Space (and if you haven't, watch it immediately after you finish reading this blog post), the main character is accidentally put under hypnosis, stops caring about his job, no longer is stressed, and ends up in a much happier place. We're not suggesting to do that, but you'll feel like the weight of the world is lifted off your shoulders once you care a lot less about work. Let someone else worry about being stressed. You've got a whole lot more in life to think about.


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