“It takes twice as long for me to not get anything done on Monday as it does the rest of the week.” -Unknown
The Monday blues.
I don’t like Mondays.
Any of the above sound familiar?
“I used to dread Mondays and would be praying for giant snowstorms every winter so that school would be closed,” says entrepreneur and media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee.
“I lived in that mindset for 12 years. The thought that this is how so many people live their work lives breaks my heart.”
But Gary, you might be thinking, I have bills to pay! I can’t just stop going to work.
“I respect practicality,” Gary says. “I get the fact that people have bills and other responsibilities that keep them tied to jobs.”
So what to do if you dread Mondays?
If you have to work 9-5 because you have to pay your bills, try changing your bills!
“So many people are stuck in jobs they don’t like because they buy stuff they don’t need,” Gary says.
“Look, I get that there are things like student loan debt which you can’t just ‘change’ or get out of. But there are a lot of people who are buying brand name hoodies or sneakers thinking that it will help them ‘close the gap’ on their insecurities. Same thing with cars, fancy homes, and so many other things. But it forces you to stay at a job you don’t like and causes more unhappiness in the long term.”
So take a look at what you’re paying for and figure out how much of it is stuff you actually need, and what can be sacrificed.
“It’ll give you more air cover to go after a better job, a side hustle, or a business that you’re actually passionate about.”
“The first step here is to get real self-aware about what your skills and ambitions are,” says Gary.
“Not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur, and that’s fine. Maybe the answer for you is to find a job at a different company, or go after a better job that makes you happier.”
The important thing is to be honest with yourself so you can figure out what’s really going to make you happy. For some, that might be a weekend side hustle, while for others that means starting your own business.
“One way to give yourself the ability to pay the bills you need to pay and quit a job that makes you unhappy is by building a side hustle.”
Gary recommends selling things on eBay because it doesn’t require any up-front investment—see our infographic below for his 8-step process!
“If you have a little bit of time and cash to invest up front, you can scour local charity shops for quality items, then flip them on eBay,” Gary says.
“You can check what each item is worth in real time on the eBay mobile app- just search the item and select the ‘sold listings’ filter.”
Now you know, there’s no excuse not to give it a shot!