Stuck in “Employment Purgatory”?


A state of mental suffering or anguish, that can often be experienced before freedom.

Akiba Francis has taken this word, and placed it in a professional context, describing the experience of a motivated and highly successful Ivy League graduate, YiShang Yang. After working for several years in a highly successful law firm, Yang decided that she simply wasn’t satisfied with her life, and that there were other options for making a living that would bring more joy to her, and others, lives. She was living in what Francis terms employment purgatory, which describes that feeling you have when you are doing alright at work, but you don’t love what you’re doing. You also don’t hate it enough to quit and face the daunting uncertainty and instability unemployment could bring to your life.

According to Francis, we have all been conditioned to see work as… well, work. We don’t necessarily expect to fall into a job that makes us happy and that allows us to feel as though we are contributing something worthwhile and unique to the world.

This article describes YiShangs personal journey towards becoming a Juicy Genius. After deciding that living in ‘purgatory’ was no way to enjoy life, she decided to quit her job and follow her dreams of starting her own company.

Are you Living your Worst Case Scenario?
by Akiba Smith Francis

After graduating from an Ivy League Law School, like many of her classmates, YiShaun Yang joined a white shoe law firm in New York City. She found herself in what I call employment purgatory, which is when you are doing fine, maybe even well, at work, but you don’t really like what you do. At the same time, you don’t hate it enough to light a fire under your butt to look for something new. Since many people never expect to love their work, this kind of experience seems like par for the course. As a result, some people spend years or even entire careers in this kind of employment purgatory.

In 2008, YiShaun was traveling down a safe and secure road, but was unfulfilled and uninspired. She liked the opportunity to work on challenging projects with intelligent people, but felt something was missing. While still working as a corporate attorney in a large Manhattan law firm, YiShaun began toying around with the idea of starting her own business. She wanted to do something that contributed to the world in her own way.

>> Keep reading Yang’s personal journey to success at the LEVO league blog…

Have you ever experienced the feeling of employment purgatory? If so, how did you deal with it? Let us know below!

XO & Juicy Love,

The Juicy Geniuses Team