You MUST Love Mondays
A couple of Sundays ago I was having dinner in a restaurant with my girlfriend. We were having a good time, and the at one point she said: “Hmm… such a nice weekend. Too bad tomorrow is already Monday.”
That sentence made me stop and think. Why? Because I felt the exact opposite. I was thinking to myself “Man, this weekend was cool, but I am dying to wake up tomorrow and get on with my online projects!”
Then I thought about most of my friends and acquaintances. Most of them work 9 to 5 jobs, and they behave just like my girlfriend was. During the week, they are always complaining about how days take too long to go by, how they are dying to get to 5 pm on Friday, and so on. Then, on Sundays, they are always mourning about the fact that on the next day they will be back to work.
The difference between me and my friends is a pretty clear one. I love what I do. They don’t. I work under my own rules. They work according someone else’s rules. I work when I want to. They work when they have to.
Now, I am not writing this post to brag. When I graduated in 2005 I also went to work for a company, where I needed to clock in at 9 am, do what people told me to do during the day, and then clock out at around 5pm.
It was pretty boring. At times I tried to change things and implement some new ideas, but I always hit the bureaucracy and the hierarchy walls with my head.
Back then I was not enthusiastic about Mondays either.
Instead of coping with all that bullshit, however, I said “Screw that!”
Before one year had elapsed I gave in my resignation letter.
I explained to people that I was quitting to pursue entrepreneurial projects on the Internet. Most of them thought that I was crazy.
My job was a pretty good one for someone who had just graduated. I was working at the global headquarters of my company after all, on the same floor as the president.
My friends urged me to reconsider. My boss told me that it would be better for me to stay with the company for some 5 or 10 years, gain some experience, and then pursue my own projects if I still wanted.
I had already decided though, and I would follow my gut even if it led me to a dead end.
Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made.
And that is why I am writing this post; to try to shake you a bit, and remind you that you should not settle and cope with the bullshit you see happening around you. You should not work on someone else’s terms.
Finding something that you love to do, and having the cojones to pursue it, regardless of what other people will say about it, is one of the toughest things in life.
But it is also one of the most rewarding.
Don’t settle until you find yourself on a Sunday thinking: “Man, I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow!”
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80 Responses to “You MUST Love Mondays”
why are mondays just so much worse than every other day!!!!!!
especially now ive started a new year at college that has classes that are at such inconvenient times on mondays, i liked how it was last year
and now i come in, as i did last week too, and find that the forum is down again please forum, dont make my mondays any worse!
its a horrible, grey wet day too, so it makes things even more miserable.
I agree with you that finding something you love and do is the key to enjoying Mondays and life. At where I am at now, I love waking up on Monday morning knowing that I am going to a job I really enjoy and working on projects that excite me and fit my interests.
I also agree with the author that the hardest part to moving on is getting past the notion of “what will people think of me for doing this?” I’ll admit that fear crossed my mind a few times in the past but getting past that helped me make some of the best decisions I’ve made in my career and my life. I too once had a deal with a colleague who thought I was crazy for moving on to another position but in the end, moving on made me happier in life and was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career. I found something I really enjoy doing and has opened up more doors for me.
“Donâ€™t settle until you find yourself on a Sunday thinking: â€œMan, I canâ€™t wait to wake up tomorrow!â€ Nice, I really going to think on this every Sunday night, I really going to do it!. I don’t know about my “monday problem”. Now I have a job that I really enjoy but still don’t like Mondays.
TOday it was funny to find on my e-mail a message from my boss inviting me to participate on a Facebook group that he created: Thanks God is Monday.
I have joined it…let’s see if I can change my mind!
GOOD WEEK for everyone! and nice site!
Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made.
lvlc @ FromMomToMom
And I thought I was the only weirdo that liked Mondays! lol
This story is good, i like mondays too.
Sensitive point. I agree with you Daniel..Because i too love monday as you said.
Typo! Daniel, please accept apologies for my blunder ;-0
Great post, Kevin and great attitude! I used to be like the girlfriend, and now find myself enjoying every day for a different reason. But I also love what I do (writing) and look forward to ‘clearing away’ other obligations to make space for it whenever possible. Now if I could just make money… 🙂
As someone who has also been lucky enough to quit his job and pursue online projects, I have to say I share your feelings about Monday. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really delineate between weekends and weekdays – they’re all the same for me. I take time off when I need or want to, and I work the rest of the time. It’s a lot of working time, but most of it is fun so I don’t feel like I’m really “working” all the time (even though my wife says that I am).
However, I have to say that you WOULD have been better off if you had “seasoned” yourself for a few years in a “9 to 5.” I considered breaking away from the work-a-day world in 2001, but I decided instead to make the sure money and learn some business acumen. When I left in 2007, I was ready. I now have the ability to work in a “real” business environment as well as work in the wild west that is the online industry.
Having said all of that, who am I to argue with your success? You’re doing much better than I was at the same stage – congrats!
You just depicted the way I feel Daniel. Just last night I was talking to a fren about How I am not fond of my 9-5.30 job and How I wanna do something on my own.. I still haven’t gathered enough courage for that. I hope I do soon.. Thanx Daniel you made my day. Now I feel I am not the only one.. 🙂
Yeah! Feeling you brother! This is how we live and have never looked back! A few years back we were so living with the Sunday blues and now Sundays are one of my favorite days- and Monday is a close second.
Follow your bliss 🙂
I love Mondays, maybe because I work from home and never had to leave to work for someone else. Just like you I also work on projects with many friends.
This is the very first post I’ve read here at DailyBlogTips.com and I LOVE IT!
I think the over-all point of this post is that if you dread anything -not just Mondays – YOU have the power to change it.
Life is way too short to dread tomorrow….
I work from 9 to 5 in a company but still LOVE mondays…
am I a sort of freak ??
Peter Gibbons: Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you’re not feelin’ real well, does anyone ever say to you, ‘Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays’?
Lawrence: No. No, man. Shit, no, man. I believe you’d get your ass kicked sayin’ something like that, man.
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I guess you was smarter than the people who hired you. Pearl S. Buck: “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
Bravo Daniel – A great post. It was nice to see your personal side for a change! I’m just facing a downsizing of my career, with my employer halving my hours. A few years ago I would have been running around like a headless chicken. But now all I’m thinking of is all those wonderful hours I’ll have to work on some online projects and side ventures. Now what did I do with that copy of Tim Ferriss’ book…
It’s so funny to read someone else’s words that describe exactly how I feel! When I was in school, Saturday was my favorite day of the week and Monday was, easily, the most hated.
But today, I look at Saturday as kind of a break in my momentum and Monday has become the most exciting day of the week.
Actually, I’ve gotten to the point that I work on the weekend almost as much as I do during the week. As you pointed out, the beauty of working at home is the ability to do what you want when you want.
You’d think that’d mean doing less, but when you love what you do, the hours just slide by!
I’ve always been into doing by own thing, but this article reminds me of the time I was working at a company. In fact, it’s so similar that I was laughing real hard while reading this.
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