The Hardest Job in the World

Have you said to yourself at some point that you have one of the hardest jobs in the world?

I’ve heard parents say that parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world.

Administrators and medical receptionists have said that theirs is one of the hardest jobs because if they get one detail wrong, it could affect entire lives. Doctors have said that theirs is one of the hardest jobs due to lack of sleep and emotional exhaustion, among other things. Religious leaders sometimes feel that their job is the hardest because of the weight of responsibility they feel for others’ spiritual well being.

Salespeople, actors, writers and entrepreneurs have to deal with constant rejection. Many lawyers and company executives tend to have ridiculous hours. Carers and social workers are called on to deal with really tough situations as well.

The list goes on.

At some point, everyone feels that they have the hardest job in the world.

If everyone feels that way, who, in fact, really does have the hardest job in the world? My guess is that those jobs are most likely to be occupied by people who are trafficked and sold into illegal work or people living in poverty, working long and hard hours to earn a meagre living because of unfair and inadequate compensation.

But what about you? You will have days that are harder than others. You’ll look back and remember some days as the hardest days of your career. Still, unless you fit into the above description, your job probably isn’t one of the hardest in the world. Is it important? Sure! Hopefully, your job is fulfilling for the most part and adding value to your organisation and to society.

Though it’s worth asking the question, why do you feel like your job is one of the hardest jobs in the world? Is it because you find it hard to say no? Could it be that you have neglected putting boundaries around your work hours? Do you need new inspiration? Are you emotionally and/or spiritually depleted? Do you need to delegate or get some external help? Do you need to see a therapist? Are you working with someone who makes life difficult for you and you don’t know how to deal with them?

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If you can make changes, do it. Stop complaining and do some shifting.

What if the problem is out of your control? Make sure you have a strong support system while you ride it out. Fill up your cup. Rest. Build a self-care routine into your schedule. Pray. Meditate. Exercise gratitude and mindfulness when you can.

When this too has passed or when you’ve made the changes you need to make, think about WHY you are in this particular job. Write down your reasons and compare them with your values. On the next page, write down which aspects of your job you’re grateful for. Hopefully they shed some light on whether you are on the right career path or not. You can then think clearly on whether your hard job is worth it or if you need to look elsewhere.

And when you’re done, if you’re in a position to help, please consider supporting organisations who offer assistance and empowerment to both children and adults who are illegally and inhumanely working in what are genuinely some of the hardest jobs in the world.

Comment below if you feel comfortable; let me know what difficulties you are facing at work (make up a fake name if you have to). If it’s something that you’ve faced in the past and you successfully made changes, share your wins with us!