10 Quotes I Used To Get Me Through The Day When I Hated My Job

September 4, 2015  |  
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If you think Mary Jane O.D.s on Post-it notes you should’ve seen my cubicle at my previous job. After four years with the company I had become, in a word, miserable. And the constant scrutiny I came under not only had me questioning the field I was in but my ability to excel in it. I’m not typically a positive affirmation kind of girl but after so much struggle I decided I needed some highly visible reminders I could do better than my current circumstances and things would be OK in the end. So, I covered my area with these 10 quotes that I hope will be of just as much use to any of you also struggling out there.

When I questioned whether I’d ever be successful

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin

When I dreaded walking into work each day

“You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” — Wayne Dyer

When I needed to remember work isn’t life

“One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours—all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.” —William Faulkner, interview in Writers at Work, 1958

When I questioned whether others’ negative opinions of me were accurate

“What matters most is how you see yourself.” — Quotelicious.com

When I asked why this was happening to me

“It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.” — Tony Robbins

When I experienced anxiety every time I saw my boss’s name in my email inbox

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

When my work was criticized

“There is no failure. Only feedback.” — Robert Allen

When I questioned the point of it all

“We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.” —Office Space, 1999

When I realized I wasn’t entitled, I had false expectations

“I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables—slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war . . . our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” —Fight Club, 1999

When I decided to quit

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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