Do you complain about your job a lot?


Is your job really that bad or is it not perfect?


Many times we focus on finding the perfect job and forget to enjoy the journey. Step back from your complaints and really look at your job in perspective of your overall career ambitions. Sometimes you have to be in a difficult job to appreciate when you move to a better one. And sometimes, that difficult job stretches your skill set and improves your market value.

To help you evaluate your current job, use the following list. Rank these 10 items based on YOUR priorities. Think about what YOU really want. Refrain from seeking input from others. This exercise is about Y-O-U.

Control over my work

Flexibility with my hours

Sufficient pay

Co-workers who are tolerable

Manager who is tolerable

Treated fairly and without prejudice at work

Good benefits

Easy commute

Work that fulfills my passion (be aware you can fulfill your passion outside of your job)

Job with potential growth

If your current job meets your top three priorities, then enjoy the journey. Stop complaining and try to figure out how you can achieve meeting several more priorities on your list. It may be by seeking more responsibilities, applying for a higher position or switching companies. Keep your job expectations realistic. Stop focusing on a perfect job and enjoy the journey.


Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter and as a financial adviser. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”