Hello internet world. This is Jesse Creel and I’m writing to you today to let you know I care. I want to help. So if your a schizophrenic who wants to work, I figured these tips might help you on your way. Drink deeply of them, and soak it up. I’ve been working for 2 years now at the same job and I’ve been a schizophrenic the entire time. I had a really hard time at first when things first went haywire. Now I’m back to working, and I’m happy to be paying taxes and contributing to society. The same can be with you. If your a schizophrenic and want to work, then this is for you. I hope you gain some insight from this post, and can put one or two things to work in your life and that you benefit from reading this post. Here’s to your success even though you hear voices!
- Love Your Job- Even if you hate working, love your work. It will take discipline to do this, but it will be well worth it, and you may even get promoted for doing such a good job. Not only should you love the hands on work you do, you should also love your customers. Put love into your work with the product, and love your customers for paying your check to you. Love your job, even if it’s a conscious choice.
- Do Something You Can Love- Yes again, it’s all about the love. If you can’t stand working a cash register then get a job where you get to work more with your hands. I’ve found, as a schizophrenic, it really helps to have hands on work. The voices can’t chase away your work ethic, so if you can be a hard worker everyday, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get and hold a job. That would be a good thing for all things that are right in the world. At least until you win that lottery drawing.
- Find Reasons To Work- Maybe you’ve applied for disability and it’s taking too long. Maybe you have a family and need the money to support them. Maybe you just need to pay your bills so you don’t have to rely on your family to support you, and you can be free of being a burden to them… at least partly depending on how much money you make. Find many, many, many, many reasons to work. Money can definitely be a motivator so use that motivation to get you out of bed in the morning and get into work. Use that motivation to swallow your pride and take a job that you think maybe is beneath you. You may find that it’s the perfect fit and they want to give you everything you want in a job.
- Work With A Family Member- For me, working with my younger brother really helped me. He got me my current job, the one I’ve had for the past 2 years. He has since moved on, but I count the times I worked with him as precious, even though he was an incredible pain to me. For me, working with my younger brother required that I swallow my pride and take HIS advice. That was very difficult for me, but it landed me the second best job I’ve ever had. Where I CAN do the job, and my bosses like me. If you can get a job with a brother, sister, parent, cousin, anyone, you may find the opportunity your looking for. Take their advice, snap out of your delusions about money just coming to you, and take action and work! You can have all the dreams you want as long as your working and contributing something. That’s the way I look at it and I’m a schizophrenic who makes a living working a job!
- Love Your Bosses- Again, and I can’t say it enough, you gotta put love into it. Everything will turn out better. So love your bosses too. That may or may not be difficult, but it will result in a better relationship with your company. If you love your bosses, you will do everything you need to do, in your power, to make their lives easier. And if their life is easier because of what you do, then you’re going to have a good time about it. They most likely will be kind to you, and treat you with respect for your wishes. They will make you work, but your getting paid anyways, so you might as well do the job the best you can do it. So love your bosses, do your work with love, and collect your paycheck. If you keep it up, chances are those paychecks are going to be getting bigger.
- Don’t Complain- Once you’ve gotten your job, you’re going to have to work. So there’s no sense in complaining about it. You have to work, and there’s going to be pains you experience as a result, but why fuss? Your getting paid, and your contributing, so you might as well suck it up and do what they ask you to do, without reservation. If you don’t complain when your bosses ask you to do things that the average employee would complain about you’ll get brownie points, and that could lead to a raise. So don’t complain, and reap the rewards!
- Sleep Enough- Work and the voices will wear you down. Make sure you get plenty of rest. You work hard, and you have a hand in life that you MUST play. Make the most of it. Don’t get me wrong, you shouldn’t sleep so much you don’t get anything done in your personal life, but make sure you’re sleeping enough so that your not miserable at your job. Part of my success I attribute to getting enough sleep at night. So sleep enough, and get your rest, you deserve it as a schizophrenic who works.
- Make Work A Priority- Yes, work should be a priority. Again, you have to come up with reasons to work if you want to do it. For me it’s my family, and it’s living a better life than just sitting on the couch and being a house cat. You are going to be of more value if your working while you work on these crazy dreams of yours that are going to make you rich someday. So find the motivation to work, and make working a priority, above all other things you have to do that day. Unless of course your family needs you. Family first, that’s what I say… but for me my children are taken care of during the day, everyday, so I have nothing better to do than work. Make work a priority, and reap the rewards!
- Please Your Boss’s Voice That’s In Your Head- As a schizophrenic, hearing voices, you may hear your boss’s voice in your head. For me, it’s been a blessing, because she tells me things that are going to benefit me, for instance that I should “work!”. To be honest I have heard once or twice that my boss is sick and tired of me, but that doesn’t bother me, because I am not sick or tired of her. I just want to make her life easier, we all have to live with each other, and sometimes we want somebody to leave when they’re doing things we don’t like. Sometimes I smoke too many cigarettes and the people I work with seem to know how I feel, and it’s not good and they don’t like it. What I recommend you do, is talk to your voices, give them your point of view, and do it with love. Try to make your head a better place to live in for the voices, especially for your bosses voice. If you ever get enough money to quit, then you’ll have other voices that you’ll have to live with. At any rate, as a successful schizophrenic, I believe we have to be civil with our voices, so that means no fighting. Just go with it, make the best of it, put your filters in place (meaning don’t let the voices make you think what they say is reality), and do the best you can. Take care of your boss, and your boss’s voice, and be happy you have a job!
- Shower Everyday- Hygiene is important. You want to be a clean schizophrenic. It helps you be more normal. You CAN take a shower everyday, there is nothing stopping you from doing that. And you’ll be a better, cleaner person because of it. You don’t want to go without showering. Don’t let yourself go. Take control, and promote cleanliness.
- Pray For Jobs You Can Do- When I first started I prayed, and thanked God that I had a job I COULD do. I was very happy that I could do SOME things around the store that would contribute to it’s running smoothly and growing. I would not count out the power of prayer to help you in your life. So ask God to help you, and you never know, he just might!
- Do Your Job With Confidence- If something needs to get done, be the man or woman who CAN do it! You don’t need to know any more to get the job done, you just need to have the confidence that you can serve and do the job well. You’ll figure out the rest as you go along. And each day you will get better. The more time you have in, the better, more seasoned you will be. And that will lead to even more confidence in your ability to do the job. Do the job with confidence, and be a better leader.
- Treat Each Day Like It’s Going To Be A Good Experience- My boss said to someone else, I overheard the conversation, that all the hours and the people over the holidays would be a good experience for them. I heard that and took it to heart. All the hours during the holidays were going to be good for me, and each day I work, even when it’s not the holiday, are going to be good experiences for me. I recommend you look at it the same way. Each day is going to be a good experience for you. Even if you hear voices, it’s not all bad, and you can still do your job, so it IS a good experience, your getting paid!
- Ask Yourself The Question, How Do I Improve?- This is the basis for what I believe has led me to several promotions. I am always asking myself “How do I improve?”. And I get answers from my voices. A lot of the time it’s helpful and I just do my job better. Think of what you could do for your own life if you were constantly asking yourself how you could improve. Give it a try for a week and see what happens. Keep it up and you may be surprised at the positive experience you have.
- Swallow Your Pride And Take Advice- This one has already been touched on but it’s important and bears repeating. If your hard headed like me, you won’t want to work for your money, and you’ll try to do things that would land you on easy street for no work at all. I’ve been there, and it took a serious attitude adjustment to do what I do now. And that attitude adjustment wouldn’t have come without me sucking it up and taking advice from my younger brother. He told me to work, not to hate it, to act like I liked my life, and to stop playing the lottery. I’ve done it all, except for the lottery, I still play that. But I’m working and that’s a big step up for me. As it could be for you as well. Keep trying, and take advice, even if it means you may not be the miracle making lottery winner just yet. You can do it! You can work!
- Exercise Plenty- For me, this means walking 2 to 3 miles a day. I also do yoga, and crunches, and some pushups, and I stretch. Exercise will do you good. It’s one of those physical things that the voices can’t control. You CAN exercise and become stronger. You can do it even if you hear voices. It will help you work your job, and you’ll be healthier. So exercise! It’s good for you.
- Drink A Lot Of Water And Eat Healthy- This is common sense, but it’s still important. You want to be mindful of what your putting into your body. It could make you or break you. Water is the giver of life, and we are made up of mostly fluid as human beings, so we had better be refreshing ourselves each day. Eat well along with drinking plenty of water and you’ll feel good and be better prepared to deal with the voices and the work you have to do to contribute to your family and to society.
- Take Your Medication Everyday- This is so important it can’t be overstated. You have to stay on your medication if you want to be stable. Don’t play with doses, don’t skip days. Take it religiously, everyday, and do your self a favor and control your hallucinations. Take your medication everyday, that is all.
- See A Therapist On A Regular Basis- For me, therapy has helped me work. My therapist helps me to discern reality just a bit more clearly, and he gives me insight as to how a smart human being would look at my life. I’m not doing that bad. I just have to keep working. And seeing my therapist once a month helps me to stay on track and making my life better each day. I highly recommend talk therapy for schizophrenics as mandatory, to help you out with the false beliefs that can be caused by the voices.
- Give Money To Family And Charity, And Pay Your Bills- You can do this now that your working! Help yourself out by helping your family out, and don’t forget about the poor people out there once you’ve made a steady income. They need you. Pay your bills, or do the best you can do, and get out of debt. Do everything you can do each day to get your butt into work so that you can do these things, and make a difference in the lives of those you love most, and in the lives of perfect strangers. What goes around comes around. So be good, and do good. You’ll be happy you did.
- Pay Taxes- It’s better than being on disability. You not relying on the government to do your work for you. It’s better for society IF you can work. Not discouraging anyone from being on disability. If you need that then there’s a reason it’s there. But IF you CAN work, I say it’s better that you do. That’s just this schizophrenic. You can support all the things that your taxes pay for, like schools, firefighters, and police. Not to mention the military. If you are working your helping to support our hero’s, and that’s a good thing if you ask me. I’m a working schizophrenic, and my view matters. Work, and pay taxes. You’ll be happy you did. God help us all.
- Have Something You Can Work On In Your Free Time- Yes, you want to work, and you want to contribute, but as Jim Rohn put it “Work harder on yourself than you do at your job” so you want to put some work in, in your free time. There are endless ways you could do this, for me it’s blogging and writing e books. For me, that’s the best way I can do it in my free time. Besides, I really love doing it. So pick something you can love, maybe it’s reading, and do that thing when your not working or taking care of your family. Work it, and work it good. Even better than you do at your job. Because you CAN get and hold a job, and work it there. Then you can come home and work it even harder on yourself! Do something with your free time because your not wholly someone else’s slave. You are a person with a passion, and you can unleash that passion onto the world. See what happens, learn as you go along, course correct… work on something in your free time.
- Do What Your Told To Do- Without complaining. Said it before, say it again. Make your boss’s job easier. Just do what your told to do.
- Be Open To New Opportunity- This is geared towards those folks who don’t yet have a job, or are not where they want to be. Give yourself the opportunity to go somewhere, maybe with a family member, and submit to an hourly position. You’re a schizophrenic and high paying commission sales jobs haven’t worked out. You need to work with your hands and leave the people alone. You are screwed up. You need to work with your body. This is just your hand in life. Hopefully the blessing is that you work well with your hands. So taking another hourly job, starting from the bottom again, is the right thing to do. So be open to new opportunity, and maybe work with a family member.
- W0rk On Being Better Each Day- This goes along with asking yourself the question… “how do I improve?”. Work on being a little better today than you were yesterday. Stay on a steady progression upwards, just like the stock market does over the long term. Things grow, that’s just the nature of it. So if the country is growing, you should be too… and you can help contribute to that growth. By working. And if you work on getting better each day you MUST ALSO increase your chances of getting a raise. I really think it could be done at McDonald’s or anywhere else. Being a good employee and getting raises over time. EVEN IF your a schizophrenic. Work on getting better each and every day, day in day out… and those improvements that you make little by little, will add up to big change in your life.
- Stay Close To Your Family And Listen To Them- My family pulled us through when I was thinking of divorce. The voices were just so crazy. If it wasn’t for my family, professional help, and medication, I wouldn’t be working where I’m working today, or married, with 2 beautiful kids. My parents really helped me out. I’m in debt to them. I owe them. And I’m working my way to paying them all back. My credit card, my parents… at one point I was thinking of going homeless. My parents kept me sheltered. For a schizophrenic not having to worry about anything is a relief. And if it weren’t for my brother I wouldn’t have my job, so not only am I indebted to my parents, I’m also indebted to my brother. In my experience, if you lean on your family, they will get you through tough times. I do not recommend chronically leaning on them. The idea is to become independent of the family. To make enough money to even SUPPORT a family. But I say if your a schizophrenic and you can make over $1,000 a month, and you can give your family some money… you ARE doing something. And giving back wouldn’t have been possible without the people you are giving it to. Stay close to your family and listen to them. Family is important for schizophrenics, or anyone for that matter.
- Calmly Fulfill Your Responsibilities- Those days where I feel like I’m dying probably because of too many cigarettes, and the voices are telling me to die, and that I’m dying, and what I do is simply work. If you can work when you feel like your dying, for the good of all concerned, you are certainly doing something. It CAN BE a good experience. Calmly fulfill your responsibilities and you will be a lady or a gentleman. It won’t matter that you have schizophrenia and hear voices everyday. No one can tell. No one cares. You do your job well. You are weird, don’t lie to yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can do a hands on job very well. Even if the voices are telling you to die, you can go into work and do the job, and everything will be fine. You’re not going to die, it’s only a hallucination, and you can improve. Instead of imagining yourself dying when the voices tell you to die, imagine how you can improve your life. See what kind of results you get.
- Think Of Your Family As You Make Your Hourly Pay- If you don’t have a wife and kids, maybe think of your parents, or who ever supported you when you were at your lowest. Work and think of them that your doing your best for them and that will make you feel good. It will make you feel useful. What better a thing can a man or woman be? Serve, because you were served and even if you were a multimillionaire, you may never be able to repay what has been given to you. You sure could do something though. Something good. But seeing as you have to work an hourly job, and are not yet a multimillionaire, think of your family as you make your hourly pay, and know your doing the right thing.
- Breathe!- Don’t forget to breathe. It can really get you through the other side of the pain. You can come out alive by breathing. Can’t say it enough… breathe!
- Don’t Let Your Disability Define You- Sure you may be a schizophrenic, but all that means is you hear voices everyday. That doesn’t make you, you. What you do, your actions, your work, the present defines you. This may sound a little crazy as your reading about a schizophrenic, but looking only at the disease is not getting the whole picture. You can also be a family man or woman, a musician, a writer, a poet, a worker, a salesperson, a marketer, a closer, a leader, the list can be endless.
- TELL Your Bosses Your A Schizophrenic Trying To Get Your Life Together- One of two things will happen. They will either look down on you because you have a disability, or they will trust you because you were honest with them. If you are heartfelt in your confession, it’s more likely they will trust you. Let me know in the comments how that goes for you, I would really like to know. I don’t think they are allowed to fire you, and you can feel better that you were honest about why you didn’t have the best attendance at first.
- Be Honest- That goes hand in hand with telling your bosses your a schizophrenic. Don’t do anything stupid and tell them anything that would get you fired, but be honest about your intentions, and if they are good you are going to do well. Tell them about how things are going, and don’t be afraid to share work you are proud of. Do the right thing, so honesty comes naturally to you. Be honest.
- Treat Your Coworkers Like The Ladies And Gentlemen They Are- This for me and my coworkers, holding the door for each other and calling each other “sir” or “miss”. It means having respect for your coworkers. What you do will rub off on them, so rub them the right way, to the best of your ability.
- Work More Than You Want To IF You Have To- The holidays at my place means 50 or 55 hours a week. That time is necessary to get the job done. My bosses need me there for that period of time to make sure the job goes smoothly. So I work a lot more than I really want to. The paychecks are nice, and I gladly work the hours, and part of me wishes that I could get those kinds of hours all year long, but it is a lot of work. I do it though, and my bosses appreciate it. So if they need you, stay and do the work. Do the hours, you’re getting paid anyways.
- Work With Long Term Success In Mind- I read somewhere that it takes 10 years to master any given subject. So I figure if you want to master a job, it’s going to take 10 years of your life. If you’ve found a good job, you may want to devote 10 years of your working life to that cause. If you do, good things may come of it. If your a schizophrenic like me, holding it down for 2 years is an accomplishment. I say go for another 8, meanwhile working on your business that’s going to pull you in 6 figures a year.
- Tell Your Voices In Your Head “I Must Live”- You have a say. What the voices say isn’t necessarily what’s going to happen. You have some control. Tell your voices what you think and influence the conversation in your head. Tell them, when they tell you to die, that you MUST live. Silence the voices that tell you to die by breathing. You can live, you MUST live.
- Be Special- If your a schizophrenic, your not normal. There are only about 3.5 million schizophrenics in the U.S.A. according to Quora. So if your working a job, chances are you might be the only schizophrenic who works there. Especially if it’s a small company. So really, you ARE special. You hear voices, you may even hear your coworkers. That makes you special. Embrace it. You are different. You are part of the flavor of the world. Take pride that you hear voices and can still work. That makes you some of the most special of the special.
- Take Care Of Yourself When Your Off- As I already mentioned, sleep enough, get good food, and drink plenty of water. Don’t drink too much alcohol, and try not to smoke too many cigarettes.
- Do What You Do And Don’t Mind If You Die Doing It, Nothing Is Going To Stop You- You could die at any time, young or old. So life can at times be fragile. If you feel like your dying, and you hear voices encouraging you to die, maybe you will die. Still, that won’t stop you from doing what you are doing. If you’re going to die, your going to die with your bootstraps on. NOTHING will stop you from doing your job. Not the feelings, not the voices, not the cigarettes, not the alcohol you drank last night. You consistently do your job, because that’s what you have to do and you want to make the most of it. Take that attitude and see where it takes you if your a working schizophrenic.
- Be Grateful For Every Penny You Get- I’ve been fired from a job before and now that I’ve been holding another one I won’t make the same mistake. That mistake was not being grateful for my job. I now embrace the attitude of gratitude and I am happy to do my job because that’s what God has given me to do. And it’s work I CAN do. So be grateful for every penny, every minute you get at work. Some people don’t have jobs.
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