When Your “Good Job” Ain’t Good For You

Do you have a “good job?” Is it good for you?

Growing up, people would tell me that I needed to get an education and get a good job. I learned that a “good job” was one that paid the bills and had health insurance and paid vacation.

Just make good money and get good benefits. I get it though. Historically, people (especially Black people) had jobs that were very “not good” and so that was their frame of reference. And they wanted to encourage their kids to do better by getting a “good job” and not taking it for granted when you get it. Makes perfect sense.

However, the problem with the “good job” mindset is that times have changed (Thank God!) and we have a lot more options available to us for how we choose to spend our time, specifically our time working. Yet, we still think we have to hold on to a job JUST because it’s a “good job” that pays the bills and offers benefits. There’s no consideration for whether you enjoy the work or whether you get to be who you want to be while doing it.

If I can’t enjoy it while I’m doing it, then it’s not a “good job” for me. A good job is a career where I can be myself and help people in a way that feels meaningful to me AND get paid and get benefits while doing it.

Are you stuck in the “good job” mentality and want help getting out of it so you can do what you really want to do? Click HERE to schedule a call with me and let’s talk about how I can help.


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