I didn’t always dread the 9-5 daily grind. As far as I knew, that was exactly what we were all supposed to do after finishing school.
I did get into the grind when I graduated university. I was ecstatic because it my first time holding that much money.
But it soon got to me that the 9-5 daily grind wasn’t something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine continuing with it for the rest of my life.
But I left that first job not because I wanted to quit the 9-5 daily grind. Rather, it was because I had an opportunity I wanted to seize.
The opportunity ended up falling through before I even started. I sat at home looking for another job to no avail.
As I write this, I haven’t had any other job since that first job. But am I still looking? Absolutely not! Do I still want to get back to the 9-5 daily grind? Not even if I was paid a million dollar salary.
So what changed? Here are the cons of going back to the 9-5 daily grind.
- Con #1: The 9-5 daily grind gives you only a limited chance to grow
As soon as you’ve been trained for your job, that’s it. You are at it for years before you get a promotion, that is, if you get one at all.
That happened to me. I reached a point at my first job where I felt like I’d learnt all I could learn in my position and I felt stuck.
- Con #2: The 9-5 daily grind rarely challenges you.
If you don’t like being challenged, then I guess the daily grind is for you. But I know the majority of people like to feel challenged.
And the 9-5 daily grind will challenge you when you first arrive. After that, even the task you felt was the most difficult when you began, you can now do with your eyes closed.
Have you ever felt like that?
- Con #3: The 9-5 daily grind usually means you have to answer to someone, and that’s not the way to live.
For me it wasn’t that I had a problem respecting authority or taking instructions.
But it gets to a point where you know you’ve had enough of all the commands and being barked at occasionally.
It helps if you have a decent boss. If you don’t, you are in trouble.
Now that I’m my own boss, I don’t have to worry about that any more. Read my post on the truth about being your own boss.
- Con #4: The 9-5 daily grind can make you less happy
And we know that’s detrimental to our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.
It makes sense. Why would you be happier working on someone else’s clock, being told what to do and what not to do for the better part of the day?
If you are less happy in your job, then it’s time to make a change. I recommend 17 simple things you must do to become happier.
- Con #5: The 9-5 daily grind can dampen your own goals and dreams
You exchange those for your bosses’ goals and dreams. Everything you do must be to fulfill someone else’s dream.
While a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships in which you learn to put the needs of others before your own, you should remember that you can’t begin to do that successfully if you’ve neglected your own needs.
You can’t fix someone else’s life when yours is in shambles. And you can’t usher someone to a destination you’ve never been to yourself.
So, fulfill your own goals and dreams, or at least work toward doing that so you can know how to help others.
- Con #6: The 9-5 daily grind invites social pressure
You know what I mean. Now that you have that job, you feel forced to meet people’s expectations and fit into the stereotype of a working individual.
You have to have that bigger house even though you don’t need it, buy that bigger car even though the one you have is still working for you, put your kids into the more expensive schools, eat at fine restaurants, get married, have kids, etc.
You are expected to do that because those things are expected from those who have jobs.
You stop living life the way you want and have to live it the way everyone else wants.
Read my post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?
Also read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others.
- Con #7: The 9-5 daily grind invites financial pressure
And if you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you need to stop making money an issue.
The financial pressure comes from wanting to make a show of the working person you are by spending more money than you have.
The loans will only bury you alive. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t afford.
Don’t tie your worth to any item. And refuse to be forced into financially burdening yourself.
The final word
Of course I’m not saying people should quit the 9-5 daily grind. I’d never say that. People are different. Maybe the 9-5 daily grind works for you. Then go ahead and enjoy it.
Or maybe you are like me and you’ve had enough of it. Then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with stepping away to try your hand at something else.
As long as we do things that make us happier than we are now without trampling on anyone else’s rights, then we are on the right track to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle and we should keep going, encouraging each other on our journey.
Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts on it? Does the 9-5 daily grind work for you? Then please share your experiences with us. If it doesn’t work for you, also share with us.