I saw a great quote recently from David Brooks’ commencement address that said:
“If you have a great career and a bad marriage, you’ll be miserable. If you have a great marriage and a bad career you’ll be happy.”
I often advocate to people that they find a good job, and a good fit for them as a career to enjoy their life. However your career isn’t everything. I do think that you can have a not-so-great job or career and have a great life. There are people that work in jobs they don’t love as garbagemen, as blue-collar workers, even as CPAs or lawyers, but they have great marriages or great families and enjoy their lives.
They key is having more that excites you in life than your career, and being able to view your job as just a job and leave it behind when you go home.
If you can do that, you might need fulfillment in your career. If you can’t, you might need a new job.
However in either case, if you have a job that wears you down, you feel abused, or you feel no sense or purpose, you probably need a new job. Or a new career.