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Adédèjì Olówè: Your Job Is Leaving You Angry & Frustrated? Stop the Gripe… Do Something!

Adédèjì Olówè



I’m a classical corporate áshéwó! Don’t blame me, if you don’t hop around, you don’t get to be on top, and nothing beats being on top. Every guy knows that!
When you jump around, like some of us understandably do, you will notice quite a lot – mostly bad things. I’ve observed how people complain about their careers – the lack of traction to get to the top.
So justifiably, I want to rant about this. By the time you finish reading this, you could either give me a good kick at my scrawny backside or canonize me as Saint Adédèjì.
It’s human to complain about everything – Nigeria, corruption, traffic, taxes, Buhari, etc. In fact the only thing certain, apart from change (or lack of one), is that there will always be someone who complains about something (or the other).
However, when complaining about your career is what you do for pastime, then maybe you should just enlist in the Kvetch Amateur Olympics. If you don’t know the meaning of that, Google still works.

Top dogs don’t complain, they act because they are hot dogs!
One thing I know for sure is that guys with flying careers hardly complain, they act. You feel that something should be done? Just get it done and not raise a storm about how it’s Admin Department that should have done it.
Top dogs hold themselves and others accountable and can be nasty about it. They notice the little details and they demand that others meet their standards. And when the organizations or their bosses can’t meet up, they simply leave; no need hanging around being bitter about how things aren’t going their way.

You are responsible for your career!
I don’t know anyone who is totally satisfied with his career progression – it’s always slow. However, you have 100% control on what to do with it.
While your company decides if you should be promoted or not, you are the one to make a decision if you still want to work there. If you strongly believe that you deserve that push or the pay upgrade and you ain’t getting it, then they don’t deserve you. Make them pay for their misbehavior; leave!
But somewhere at the back of our minds, we know that we may not be good as we think we are. So instead of complaining, why don’t you ask yourself how you can be better? For example the economy is tough now, why don’t you lead the cost optimization effort of your company? Why don’t you follow the sales and marketing guys to that uncle of yours to land a deal?
If you don’t have an uncle, adopt one.

Upgrade yourself
Everyone loves a new shinning toy. Right now I’m hustling for a new Samsung S7 and already thinking of selling one of my friends into slavery just to get it.
Honestly, apart from throwing in more efforts at work, you also need to upgrade your on-the-job skills. If you are engineer, the world has probably moved on to new ways of engineering, get those skills. If you are a doctor in a general hospital, don’t be content with doing wákà wákà around the wards impressing female nurses or doing dangerous abortions, upgrade your expertise and become a consultant. Save the world!
Efforts alone don’t count, rare skills are important. It’s simple law of economics – demand and supply. When your services can be easily replaced by younger, cheaper and more nimble others, it will happen – unless there is something else going down between you and your boss. It’s a logical conclusion, isn’t it?

Develop your network
You will feel better when you find out that your job is not more miserable than your neighbor’s. Nothing beats schadenfreude. How will you know if you don’t have a social life?
To move your career up a notch, you need to connect with like minds and be very active in your social network. It will allow you to compare notes with others in similar unfortunate job roles. You will most likely be remembered if a good position becomes vacant. If you are engaged enough, someone may even mistake you for an expert and lands you a decent job that blows your mind.
So be active on LinkedIn, go for industry events, and polish your CVs shinier than a soldier’s boot. Many guys have landed jobs just by forwarding great CVs at a moment’s notice.

Be appreciative of that job
Nigeria is hard; having a job that ensures food on the table, month-in-month-out, is a blessing. What you don’t know is you could have a better career growth if you are appreciative and the appreciation shows in your attitude to work. Employers don’t like a mean spirited employee who can’t be satisfied and who growls around the corridors like a wounded local dog.
Do you feel your job is horrible and underpays? Lose it first and see how hard it’s to get a replacement. You know the sad part? The dude who replaces you will probably earn less and do a better job.

Remember, life is never perfect
Think about it: our spouses will never be the most beautiful, our kids won’t always be the first in their classes; our parents won’t be the poshest, richest, bla bla bla. So just add your job to one of life’s injustices, live with it!
I’m not asking that you accept mediocrity, nope, far from it. I mean accept the realities of life and make the best out of what you have instead of pining for the unattainable. Stevie Wonder is blind but he didn’t look for artificial eyes or blame providence for poor workmanship, instead we count his music as one of the best oldies.

In Summary
I’m not disputing that some jobs are made from hell – many bosses are so horrible, they make the devil cringe in shame. But then complaining does more damage than just annoying friends – it can also damage your health, and probably your reputation as well.

So, if that job is that bad, just do something about it. Maybe just leave. But if you know you aren’t able to get another one, just be a good boy, dig back, make yourself better and trust me a good opportunity is around the corner.

Photo Credit: | Nsoedo Frank

Adédèjì Olówè is too ashamed to call himself a geek. Despite two degrees in hardcore engineering, he’s spent all his life as a banker. He’s known as one of the best out there in data and analytics. He’s spent the last five years as an expert in FinTech where he’s making electronic payments simple, safe and available to all and sundry irrespective of where they are.Although an ardent believer in customer service, he thinks the dude who invented the telephone should be in the deepest part of hell and those who invented emails should be canonized. He also blogs at


  1. Moyo

    March 29, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Deji, I agree with you, 100%, although if you are tired of your job, you should get another or something that will bring in an income before you leave your present. Because as they say, the streets are not smiling

  2. Abominable snow girl.

    March 29, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Impressive, glass half full aye….. I will stop complaining n do sumthin. Thx.

  3. nkem

    March 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I needed this. Thanks

  4. Zainab

    March 29, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Always a pleasure to read your article. Very realistic and interesting, guess your work have to do with sales

  5. Ebere

    March 29, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Thank you for sharing this wisdom….real word, realtime

  6. Emily

    March 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I totally agree with you.

  7. boboj

    March 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Am going through this right now… I don’t really like my job anymore because there are no Salary increments, But on the other hand, the economy is not good either, Things are very expensive and companies are facing downtime. You want to grow but your salary refuses to grow.

    It is a learning stage for me.

    I believe things will soon be okay.

    I thank God for everything.

    • walexer

      March 29, 2016 at 11:29 am


  8. Ehiwarior

    March 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I’m a classical corporate áshéwó! Don’t blame me, if you don’t hop around, you don’t get to be on top, and nothing beats being on top. Every guy knows that!.


  9. Daniella

    March 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This was really needed at this point!!! Amazing article and I guess you have spoken to the minds of many

  10. "changing moniker"

    March 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

    valid points. I learnt a lot.

  11. Ad

    March 29, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Nice one Adedeji!….Just got me thinking

  12. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    March 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Amazing Post! Thank you for sharing. I feel like I just got out of an interesting lecture with lots of insights. I am bookmarking this post.

  13. Nicez

    March 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I hereby canonise you Saint Adedeji for the valid and realistic points you put across.

  14. Yolanda

    March 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us!!!

  15. mee

    March 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Hi deji thanks for your article. I have a question to ask my organization is currently facing financial challenges and we all have been asked to brainstorm and bring up solutions on how to cut cost. The issue is that my direct boss is one of our financial problem the guys awards contract for an item that cost 500 naira bt will award it for 5000 naira. Imagine sumone supplying 1000 pieces of that item?. This situation is so annoying am wondering if i should snitch on him

    • molarah

      March 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Maybe not. You are probably better off searching out the policy or process loophole he is exploiting to inflate his contracts, and suggesting how that can be sealed up.

    • Kokoro Dudu

      March 29, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Does your company have a whistleblower email or number? If yes use it. If not, not walk carefully before someone breaks coconut on your fragile skull. Who will mop the blood after?

  16. Chynwa

    March 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    ‘Efforts alone don’t count, rare skills are important.’ THIS RIGHT HERE IS MY NEW MANTRA!

  17. ACE

    April 2, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I have been looking for pep talk since!!! I got it here. Thanks Adedeji…

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