Overcome the Struggle and Challenge of Working a 9-5

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This is for the working person and the struggles that they have to endure when they are working a regular 9 to 5. I’m sure anyone working for a company that they don’t own and operate will be able to relate and understand this article and what I’m about to say.

The Struggle

How many of us are going to work for a company that doesn’t believe in us? But is it really the company? Every company has a mission and some have a vision statement. Many of those will outline what they want to accomplish and who they want to help.

I always tell my kids when something goes on in our lives or in the lives of others; it’s never the place it’s the person or it’s never the environment it’s the people in it. The point I want to get across is that even though you are going to work for a company; it is usually run by other people that the owner or owners have employed to work for them as well.

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While you can work for the best companies; the people that are in charge of being your supervisor or manager may not possess the same enthusiasm that was put across in the company mission or vision statement. Some managers can have the best employees on their team! They are punctual, eager to learn, always looking to help their fellow co-workers, educated and reliable; but somehow their manager sees that as a threat and decides to make their days at work unbearable and full of stress. What they fail to realize is that since they are part of the team; they still win! Leaders you can’t be afraid of your employees outshining you! You may get a special project that requires their expertise, and by them doing such a great job and you being their manager, they can make you look good just by being on your team.


The Challenge

Everyone that walks through the door of the company where they are employed is there for a reason. They need to provide for themselves and their family. They want to be part of a growing company and yes move up that ladder. People want to be a part of society that goes to work and makes an honest living.

Many employees are in jobs that they are over-qualified for; they have their MBA’s, they have an entrepreneur mindset (but lack the team or money to launch) but they will still come to your company and do their job 110% and they should get the same respect that they give so freely, right?



For the employee with the entrepreneur mindset; do you know that this is a pit stop for you? Keep your dreams alive; while you are still working for someone else, take that time to get your business up and running. It will take time, you will have to implement your team, and you have to prepare your business plan. Do these tasks while you still have a steady income coming in. Don’t allow the unprofessional encounters that you may be experiencing at your pit stop to push you out the door before you are ready to launch your business!

For the employee that doesn’t mind staying in the corporate world and dealing with a regular 9 to 5; be your best self! Don’t allow anyone to dim your shine; shine brighter than your neighbor in the cubicle next to you. Someone with the power to make decisions will notice you and see your unlimited potential and the doors will begin to open!

What is your biggest challenge with working a 9-5?

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  • Christine St.Vil
    March 12, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Great tips Tamara and advice! It’s not always easy to be somewhere you don’t want to be, but when you focus your efforts on the end results, it makes things much easier.

    • Tamara McCarthy
      March 13, 2016 at 9:39 PM

      Thank you Christine! Yes I have to remember that all the time; it’s one of the things that push me and encourage me on a daily basis; the end result..

  • Bridget
    March 13, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Great article, Tamara! I absolutely agree and can definitely relate. As a senior executive of Human Resources in a corporate environment in NYC I’ve experienced the challenges of trying to keep my views in perspective to stay aligned with my organizations mission and vision statements. But as I’ve found its tough when you have upper management that does not believe and may not be qualified to lead that makes it hard to instill our goals into our staff. It truly starts from the top down and it’s my personal mission and goal to change the trajectory of upper management so that all staff are treated fairly and all adhere to the mission and vision set forth regardless of anyone’s job title.

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