This article is not limited to just those who work in social media or on the Internet, but I think many can agree that online jobs bring a different type of stress. Today I was grinding over Google analytics and some advertising details and I was worrying myself sick. I will be the first to admit that I analyze a little too much but that comes with the territory when working on the Net, right? Unfortunately, over analyzing any website can cause problems. Does it really matter if one keyword dropped two spots for a 45 minute period at 3:00 am? It may to some customers and website owners but in the whole scheme of things, it really doesn’t. Over analyzing and stressing can cause problems in any area of life.
Stressful Jobs Make Life Miserable
I am a huge Seinfeld fan. Anyone that has watched Seinfeld knows that Cosmo Kramer lives a surreal life. He never has a full time job and he only brings his stresses upon himself. Whenever I see someone analyzing their job or life too much I always think of any episode in which Kramer walks in Jerry’s apartment and says, “Oh yeahhh, I’m stressed.” The Kenny Rogers chicken show where Jerry and Kramer switch apartments also comes to mind. If you have seen the show you know exactly what I am talking about. Fortunately, I have avoided these stresses for much of my life. That said, we all bring stress upon ourselves.
After analyzing data this afternoon I called a friend and talked about life and jobs. He mentioned that there is nothing wrong with a “low stress job.” Heck, some of the happiest people in the world are WalMart greeters and overnight stock boys in the local grocery store. Having a low stress job makes all other areas of life much more enjoyable. I have been fortunate enough to live that lifestyle for quite some time.
More Responsibility and Money Brings More Stress
Most people have heard the phrase, “more money, more problems.” Well, for the most people, that is true. It does not have to be true. If you can find a way to live a happy live with low amounts of stress, money does not have to bring you problems. This is very hard for some people to understand. The reason people struggle with more responsibility and more money is the fact that they change their lifestyle. Let’s look deeper into this phenomenon.
Let’s say you make $32,000 a year. There is a good chance you are not sitting in the box seats at the NFL games on Sunday. You probably don’t play golf five times a week and a $150 steak dinner is not your Friday cuisine. Does this mean you are not happy? Not at all. In fact, you may be even happier than the individual doing all these things because you cherish the little things in life like simply being alive. Sitting on the front porch and enjoying the weather is something that most CEOs and executives do not do often. Trust me, I know many of them. They are slaving for the dollar 24/7.
Lets take another scenario. You make $125,000 as an executive for your company. There is a good chance you are hosting clients in the box seats at that NFL game. You may also have to play a few rounds of golf with the same clients next week. To finish off a deal you could have to buy them a $125 steak just to impress them. While this seems like an amazing life, it gets old quick. In fact, this $125k executive may give almost anything to have a low stress job that allows them to come home and just sit on the porch.
Your Job IS as Stressful as You Make It
While many of us would love the opportunity to sprint up the corporate ladder it is not for everyone. In fact, I would strongly urge you to step back and think about the things that truly make you happy. If your job is forcing you to avoid these things only you can change it. Go look in the mirror and accept that the only person changing your life is you. Even if you scale back your job or even quit you will still wake up tomorrow. Life may be a little bit different but you will be able to enjoy those finer things in life.
I know there are bills to pay and mouths to feed. I totally get that. I feel as if many people are spending money on much more than the necessities. Those box seats and that $125 steak are not necessities. Spending time with your loved ones and sitting out on the porch enjoying the weather are much more necessities than playing golf three times a week. Think about this before making another life altering decision with your job. More money and more opportunities does not always bring more happiness. Remember, sometimes ignorance is bliss.