We have all been there at one time or another in our professional career. You get up, get dressed, endure a lengthy commute and commence to sit at a job that you utterly abhor for 8+ hours. I have had several jobs that I’ve hated. They didn’t all start off as jobs from hell, but due to either unmet expectations, a change in interests or bosses going completely nuts, I have visualized my escape route from jobs I hated numerous times. Though I would be proactive in changing my circumstances by applying for new job opportunities and listening to some Fred Hammond to keep my attitude at bay, my change in employment never happened instantaneously and/or the way I expected.
More times than not, I had to suck it up and keep going to a job I didn’t want to go to because bills had to be paid and, as my mother would always tell me, “You never leave one opportunity without another one waiting on you.” Boy did that suck ! If you find yourself in the same situation I have been in by staying on a job you hate, here are three benefits that may allow you to look at the bright side of not moving professionally just yet.
1) You Learn to Practice Patience – I had to learn the hard way that I will not always be immediately delivered from uncomfortable situations. I had to exercise patience and continue to pray for what it was that I ultimately wanted in a career. Some of my friends and colleagues were lucky enough to immediately jump from a bad work situation into a new opportunity, however, if that is not the case for you, it is important to understand and accept the process which most times involved practicing patience for the right opportunity to present itself so you are not blindly going from a bad situation to a worse situation.
2) You Immediately Recognize Better Opportunities – Most of the jobs I hated were due to continued assignments that did not afford me an opportunity to grow in my field. I sometimes questioned the numerous degrees I had procured because my daily responsibilities were limited to drafting and editing mundane letters to tenants. This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I went to law school, but it was my reality at that time. The job I ended up getting next not only offered more pay, it also offered more responsibility which caused me to expand my understanding of the law and my belief in my capabilities as a supervisor. You should have seen the look on my face when a paralegal asked me to review something to go out instead of me needing to ask someone to review my work. I ultimately knew the work I did for my previous employer was not the end of the road, specifically with the belief I had in my work product and the additional benefits I could offer in my field.
3) You Take Nothing For Granted – The more time you spend at a job you hate, the more you desire and long for something more fulfilling. Once you find that new and exciting opportunity, 9 times out of 10, you will not take it for granted. Recognizing and utilizing new spaces for professional growth, while remembering previous jobs you weren’t quite interested in assists in directing your path to your greatest self in your profession.
Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.
Check Out This Gallery Of The Most Powerful Women To Follow On Twitter!
1. 15 Powerful Women To Follow On Twitter
Social media has completely taken over our lives. I've always had a personal opposition against social media, often times claiming that it makes us even more unsocial. However, there is a lot of good in social media that one has to learn how to use for their advantage. The best way to take advantage of social media is to cultivate who you follow. Make sure that who you follow is applicable to your life as well as entertaining. Check out this list of 15 powerful women to follow on Twitter.
2. Erykah Badu
There's just something about Erykah that is beyond hypnotizing. Her tweets bring you into her world of being an artist and a doula. Yes, Erykah tweets about the babies she helps deliver. @fatbellybella
3. Gayle King
Besides being Oprah's best friend, Gayle King is known for being a CBS This Morning cohost and Editor-at-Large for O Magazine. Her take on the entertainment industry is often funny and exclusive! @GayleKing
This woman needs no explaining. Just follow her. @oprah
5. Michelle Obama
Obviously, following the first lady is the first thing you should do on Twitter. Under her new account @FLOTUS, not every tweet is hers, but when you see it signed in "mo, you can guarantee that the first lady is reaching out to you directly. @FLOTUS
6. Christiane Amanpour
As one of the most iconic TV journalists, Christiane Amanpour is a powerful Twitter user. She offers breaking news on global conflicts, and provides unique insights and perspectives to political happenings and world events. You don't even need to follow CNN if you're following Christiane. @camanpour
7. Soledad O'Brien
8. Chelsea Clinton
It helps that Chelsea Clinton is the famed offspring of Bill & Hillary Clinton. But she is also a tireless advocate for a healthy and safe world. As an NBC News Special Correspondent and active member of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea has immeasurable insight of the world to share. @ChelseaClinton
9. Caterina Fake
Caterina Fake tweets about the latest digital news, technology and her own personal views, passions and interests. @Caterina
10. Zainab Salbi
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization's CEO from 1993 to 2011. If you want news, stats and opinions on humanitarian crises, follow her. Oh and you can learn how you can contribute in making the world a better place. Who doesn't love that?! @ZainabSalbi
11. Robin Roberts
This "Good Morning America" news anchor is nothing short of amazing. With her inspirational story as a foundation, follow her entertaining tweets as she hobknobs with celebs and shares inspiring anecdotes from other cancer survivors. @RobinRoberts
12. Mary Grove
Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs. With a passion for building her community, Mary is constantly tweeting about what's next in technology and business. @maryGrove
13. Maya Angelou
There's nothing but reverence in our hearts for Dr. Maya Angelou. Please follow this poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, civil-rights activist, producer and director for tweets that are always worth retweeting. @DrMayaAngelou
14. Gabby Douglas
We've watched her kick major Olympic gymnast butt, but following Gabby Douglas is nothing like following an obnoxious teen who has more gold medals than you. It's just like following your little sister. Check out Gabby's adorable tweets! @gabrielledoug
15. Donna Brazile
You've definitely seen her byline before. Donna Brazile is a political strategist, contributor to CNN and ABC News, educator, author and more. Follow her tweets for absolutely everything a woman of color could ever care about. @donnabrazile
16. Shonda Rhimes
Other than creating one of the biggest shows to his Black Twitter since...well...anything Tyler Perry put out, Shonda Rhimes is one to follow on Twitter and in life! Her tweets are often inspirational and "Scandal"-related. @shondarhimes