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Hate the cube? Ask for a new one. Hate that chair? Replace it yourself. Can’t stand your laptop? Buddy up with IT. Ready for a new challenge? Ask for a promotion or transfer.
It’s incredibly frustrating to want something and never get it — especially when it’s something you deserve. A word of caution: Make sure you’re actually producing the dollars and cents we talked about in No. 1, and be reasonable when making requests. There’s a fine line between a polite, legitimate request and unearned whining.
It would be nice to just quit, find a new job or even start a business — and if you can make those happen, go for it.
But those options aren’t always easy. So if you’re at your wit’s end at a job that’s sucking the life out of you, make the best of it while you figure stuff out.
Poll: Which of Rick Nelson’s must-try foods at the State Fair do you most want to try?