Dear 9-5ers,

Working 8 hours a day sucks.

You are truly insignificant because you go to desks instead of our home offices.

From teachers to the accountant, your lives are sorry because you don’t own anything.

You are lazy, miserable and too scared to create something for yourselves.

And the worst part is that we believe these LIES that are pumped into our brains constantly.

ISSA non-truth. Fake News. And I’ll tell you why.

I have spent much of my time out of college loathing at the fact that my life didn’t reflect the people I saw around me.

You know the ones killing the game with their companies. Poppin champagne with celebrities, posting the flyest IG pics in exotic places and hosting those sub-par online classes on how to be a sub-par entrepreneur.

Like could they chill? Didn’t they see me over here suffering and sneaking on Facebook in my cubicle?

The truth is that when I walked into my first real job after college I severely struggled.  I constantly compared my situation to those who looked more “free.”

With this distorted view of where I was in life, I became miserable.

The crazy part is that this job was amazing and totally a dream.

But I complained about it daily.

I sat thinking of potential business ideas until my head hurt. I read stories and watched videos of entrepreneurs who took the leap.

I was so desperate and frustrated with where I was.

frustrated 9-5

So in full desperation, I asked God to help me leave and this what he revealed to me:

“Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.” 1 Corinthians 7:24

I even took it a step further and looked at the hood bible The Message translation which says:

“So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side.”

When I tell you I was shooketh.

Who did I think I was? God had called me to Las Vegas where I could make an impact and here I was crying about working for the white man (who is awesome by the way. Well at my job at least lol).

I had gotten so out of touch with the reason God had put me at this point in life.

And it’s something most of us do. We feel less than for working jobs that actually require incredible discipline, tenacity, creativity and impact.

So if you’re reading this and have felt shame for being in a 9-5, here’s what I need to say:

Love Where You Are

No really, I mean it.

The unemployment. The nutcase coworker or boss. The small apartment and beater of a car.

It’s time to stop looking down on your humble beginnings and being envious of other people.

I’m learning that when I was frustrated the most, God wanted to change my character more than my situation.

He literally kept me stuck to help me let go of pride, insecurity, ego, and even disorganization.

I know we hear a lot about appreciating what we have and that’s definitely true. But I want you to realize that you were already created to be amazing. You don’t have to stress about trying to get to the next level when you understand that you have everything you need to dominate right now.

When you can finally be at that place of peace, SO much changes. Find freedom in believing that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

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Learn Where You Are

This is the PERFECT time to soak in knowledge and skill.

Even if entrepreneurship is a future goal of yours, look at your job as training ground. Go talk to hire ups and get their advice on success. Familiarize yourself with different departments and maybe even try to find someone that could mentor you.

Don’t miss the chance to grow because you are consumed with everything you hate. Challenge yourself to learn the lessons.

Get a Strategy

The problem is not that we are working 9-5’s, the problem is that we are settling for positions that suck.

Entrepreneurship shouldn’t be the way to run from jobs you hate. If that’s your main motive then you will never be happy, even while owning a business.

A huge reason I believe I got such a great job after college is because I was:

#1. Intentional about what I asked God for. I wanted to be blown away and seriously challenged.

#2. Intentional about what I applied for. I stopped praying and spraying my resume everywhere and got focused about companies I could be excited to work at.

Update the resume. Attend events that the heads of your company will be at. Email them AND follow-up. Connect with alumni groups or people you know. GO TO CONFERENCES. Do not send the same cover letter to everybody.

GO TO MORE CONFERENCES. And keep going.

It’s going to suck because job-hunting is tedious. But if you want to be with the best you have to bring your best.

Here is one of my fav speeches on the difference between your job and your work.

Prepare For Your Elevation

It’s time for you to act like your dreams are coming.

We settle into these mundane 9-5’s because we are so afraid of rejection, so frustrated with ourselves and too wrapped up in what we don’t have that we miss all that we do.

This is your chance to make an impact right where you are.

It’s the time to create meaning at your job instead of constantly looking for it.

Take a really honest inventory. Are there things you could be working on while you are in this season? Can you honestly say you bring positivity and joy to your job daily? I know I was really convicted about tardiness (I’m HELLA late everywhere) and maximizing my time.

I now want to work hard because I know that everything I’m learning in this job is preparing me for the next move.

And it excites me.

Moral of the story is…

You can relax.

You can transform your environment, your team, the lives of your coworkers and even your bosses by being the light they need.

You can work on your passions without pressure and grow them.

You can rest easy that God has every step of yours ordered and carefully placed.

You can genuinely LOVE what you do while working for someone else.

You can enjoy your job without comparing yourself to the dozens on entrepreneurs that don’t last.

And you can make it look sexy.

Kendrick Lamar 9-5

 

Now let me go get ready for work, yall.

#letsglow

Alaina <3