Stuck With a Steady Job

It sounds backwards, doesn’t it? How could you be “stuck” with a fairly decent job? In today’s economy, millions of unemployed workers would be delighted to be “stuck” with a steady stream of tolerable work.

But does that mean that we should be satisfied with “steady”?

The difference between a “steady” job and a great job involves the ability to personally invest yourself in your work: If you draw enthusiasm from what you’re doing, and you feel a personal stake in the success of your efforts, then you have a great job. ¬†Keep this in mind:

Great jobs are part of your identity; steady jobs are just part of your resume.

Steady jobs are dangerous; they might be just barely good enough to keep you in a permanent holding pattern and stop you from pursuing that dream job. Your boss and your customers are never happy with the bare minimum, so why should you be happy with a job that is just good enough?

Ask yourself this: Is your job great, or just “steady”?

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Peter is Vice President of Digital Marketing at an investment holdings company in Washington DC and Co-Founder at True North.


  1. trinity on the 29th June

    thanks for this! really. I am having the “should I stay or should I go?” issue right now.

  2. James Scott on the 29th June

    This is why I became a freelancer…

  3. Paul on the 29th June

    @trinity – go it is! lol…kidding…just make sure ure covered after…a lot of times we’re tempted to do stupid things that economic times don’t call for…just be careful and precise in ure decision!

    @peter-north – have u switched industries? weren’t u a porn star?

  4. Basant Mishra on the 29th June

    Hi there,

    i am working with a small IT company with a strength of 20 for the last 5 yrs now. This is my first job. I joined here as a fresher and now i am the tech head. I am paid a decent salary and i have the freedom of work here which means i can implement new ideas and the company believes me and want me to make the company grow which is directly related to my growth. Now i too want to be a part of an organization where i have played an important part in its growth. Am i on a wrong track?

  5. kristin on the 30th June

    i know i’m in a steady job but it keeps me so busy that i don’t have the time to create a portfolio for myself and promote myself. i also don’t have a big enough freelance client base to quit…it’s uber-depressing!!! i just want to do what i love and i definitely do NOT love my job! when is it financially safe to stop and do freelance full-time?

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