3 Things You’ll Only Understand if You’re in the “I Hate My Job” Club

Until recently, I thought I’d have crappy jobs forever. In fact, until I started writing for a living, I probably would’ve folded your laundry every day if you told me that you could pay me enough to make rent and buy groceries. I hated a lot of my previous positions that much.

And because I was in that situation, I know what you’re going through if you’re currently a member of the not-so-exclusive “I Hate My Job” Club.

That’s why it was so easy for me to write up this list of the three things you’ll only understand if your current role makes you want to tear your hair out.

1. You’re Still Trying to Do Your Job Well

A few years ago, my dad told me that hating your job isn’t an excuse to slack off at work. He’d assumed from all my complaints that I was just sitting around–well—complaining. But for the most part, I pushed myself to do my best every day. And I’m willing to bet that many other members of this club are in the same boat.

As you know, people who think their jobs suck still have a lot of motivation to work hard—whether it has to do with making sure you remain employed (until something better comes along) or getting a promotion (that gets you away from your current boss).

And no matter what the case is for you, telling someone that you don’t like what you do should never be a cue for that person to assume you’re loafing around at the office.

So the next time someone says that, don’t be afraid to say, “I told you that I dislike my job, but I never mentioned anything about slacking off while I’m there. I’m proud to say that despite all the issues, I work very hard.”

2. You Know You’re Lucky to Have This Job

There are days when everyone—especially those of you who cry on Sunday nights because you realize you have to be at work in only a few hours—forgets the fact that they’re lucky to have a steady paycheck.

But for the most part, one of the things that keeps members of the “I Hate My Job” Club motivated is the understanding that they’re lucky to be employed at all.

While I hated my job (so much at points), I also knew plenty of people who didn’t have any sort of consistent employment. And even though I’d often tell people that I was going to quit and drive around the country in a beat-up minivan, I also understood that I was lucky to be able to pay my bills and afford to go out for the occasional happy hour.

People who think their jobs suck have a lot of thoughts during the day—and for many of them, one of the most surprising is gratitude for having a regular source of income.

So when someone tells you to feel lucky that you even have a job, you can say that you’re well aware—and that you don’t need to be reminded not to take it for granted.