Why You Should Work A Job You Hate

Have you ever had a job you’ve hated? Me too.

I’ve actually had more than one. Believe it or not, I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work at every single one of them. Being encouraged to work at a job you hate might sound a bit crazy. My eighteen year old self wouldn’t dare to dream of saying something like this one day.

I don’t mean staying at a job you don’t enjoy for the rest of your life. No one should limit their potential to working a job that makes them unhappy, or fails to bring them fulfillment.


While we work hard towards our goals and to reach a place in life we truly want to see ourselves, side jobs are inevitable. We’ve all been there, whether it’s a difficult manager to get along with or being exhausted with customer service, or simply working a job that’s become redundant. Whatever the case is- we learn more from the obstacles we face in these job than we realize.

It’s Uncomfortable

The summer before I graduated University, I packed up my bags with my best friend and headed up North to plant trees for two months. I craved a new challenge and I wanted to do something different. I had absolutely no idea how difficult, straining and exhausting both physically and mentally planting trees would be. Never had I lived in the wilderness for more than three days at a time (in groomed camp grounds with beaches, showers and everything I needed for a comfortable stay).


It’s Challenging

Each day, me and about 40 other planters would wake up before the sun, put on our wet, mud covered clothes from the day before, pack our lunches and head out to the next piece of land. We worked for hours in the hot sun or the unforgiving rain, planting thousands of trees while fending off relentless black flies in bear country. There were days where I would be on my own in the vast land that surrounded me with just my shovel, my thoughts, and my fears. We were completely cut off from civilization- the wilderness was our new home. At the end of each day I would crawl back into my tent feeling drained and defeated. I felt like an impostor trying to weave my way through a way of life that felt so foreign and challenging at every step.


You Will Grow

That summer changed my life. I learned how to value the little things. A nice warm shower on a cold rainy day, a trip to the convenience store once a week to buy the chocolate bar I had been dreaming of, or the exhilarating freedom of having no Wi-Fi. It taught me how strong I could be when faced with no other option. Living in an environment miles outside from my comfort zone opened me to new experiences. Not all of the experiences were pleasant, but each one helped me grow in some way. That summer I grew in more ways than I can say. I returned home with a new perspective on my life.

Your Dreams Will Resurface

I hated my job as a tree planter, but in many ways, I loved it too. I learned that I was strong and resilient when I truly committed to something. It dawned on me that I knew all along that I wanted to do something that drove me. Something that both challenged and fulfilled me. My soul was speaking to me, and I could no longer ignore what it was so adamantly trying to tell me.

When we work a job we don’t enjoy, our true goals, dreams and aspirations rise to the surface. We realize what we are capable of, and how many opportunities are waiting for us if we simply abandon the comfort of fear and take the leap. For me, this job was the motivational push I needed to start working towards a life I loved.


Jobs we don’t enjoy bring us challenges- they test our limits and ask us, how far are you willing to go for what you want? If there is something out there that speaks to your soul and has you burning with passion, don’t let it slip away. Do the work you have to do right now to get to where you dream of being. The job you have now is quietly showing you your potential, if you listen closely.

  • This was nice! I agree with the fact that side jobs are important! Great post!


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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! xx

  • I love this! I had to work a job I hated to know more about my skills and what I enjoyed to work for. Thanks for this reminder!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Ashley!

  • Birdie Liau

    Wow this is such a powerful blog post- it’s super helpful to me because I just graduated from University as well and have no idea what to do with my life and wow I can’t believe you worked as a tree planter before, it sounds like a challenging but fun experience. x keep up the good work!

    • Diana Maria

      Aw thank you Birdie, it was challenging but really life changing as well. I felt that way after graduating too, I’m sure you will find your path with time 🙂

  • It´s from our worst moments that we learn the most. Great post!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • Diana Maria

      Lovely quote and so true Vanessa xx

  • Yes to your dreams resurfacing! When I had a job I hated, I sat there thinking about what I could be doing & what I wish I were doing. It challenged me to make a change. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

    • Diana Maria

      I’ve found myself in that same position as well, I’m glad you enjoyed the read Carmen!

  • Hm, this is such a new perspective. While I believe you shouldn’t stay at a job you hate for too long, putting yourself in a different, uncomfortable situation does make room of growth 🙂

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eena, I definitely agree!

  • I love this post! So positive! I completely agree, having a job you hate gives you such a prospective on the little things, including just being happy!
    a life of a charlotte

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Charlotte! xx

  • Michael

    I had to stop and think, I don’t think I ever had a job I hated. Now I feel like I missed out. Though I believe that every job you have teaches you something about you and your life. Perhaps the good and the bad are pushing you in a direction you need to go. Recognizing that, is the hard part. ” Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown. When I first came here I looked around and liked what I saw and read. Perhaps I’m not your typical reader, but I know talent and smarts when I see them. I enjoy the the outlook you have and the selfless way you share it. Thank you

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Michael! I do agree with you that each job teaches us valuable life lessons. That’s a wonderful quote and one I believe speaks a lot of truth. Thank you for stopping by and reading 🙂

  • Liberty

    Great post! Such an interesting perspective.


    • Diana Maria

      Thank you!

  • Love this because I worked at a job I hated for a bit and it taught me a lot and changed my perspective on things!


    • Diana Maria

      Thanks Katherine! I’m happy you’ve moved on from that job and gained a new perspective xx

  • I had a job that I loved to begin with but I hated it by the time I left. I dreaded going to work every day because it was so boring. I’m grateful for that experience though because it made me realise what I wanted and I went back to university and I’ve just finished my degree.

  • Kim

    This post was so inspiring! You’d think that being a tree planter would be the coolest and most fun thing in the world, but I bet most overlook all the hard work that comes with it (like having to live in the wilderness and wake up early). I’ve hated many of my jobs but have learned so many valuable things from it, so in the end, I don’t really regret it.

    Simply Lovebirds

  • Shannon

    I could not imagine doing that job! It sounds both grueling and lonely, but it looks like you really grew from this experience. I don’t necessarily hate the job I have now, but I also know that it’s just the start to lead to greater things.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com