Think for a minute about what you love. Family and friends probably top the list – maybe a sport or hobby. Is it possible, or even right, to love your job? For many, work is a necessary evil. It isn’t to be enjoyed. After all, that’s why they call it work and not having fun.
I’ve seen both sides. I’ve had jobs I’ve loved and jobs I’ve dreaded. After experiencing both, I believe that you should either love what you do every day, or be making a plan for change.
This is because when we love what we do:
We can give things our all. We do best what we are the most passionate about. Sure, you can fake it for a while, but eventually your work will suffer. When we make the switch to doing work we love, the quality of our work improves, and new opportunities start to present themselves.
We have more energy. There is nothing as tiring as doing work we don’t find meaningful. When you come home at the end of the day, do you feel completely drained? Or do you feel energized from what you accomplished that day? I’ve found the more engaged I am at work, the more energy I have throughout the day to tackle the next challenge at work or home.
We improve other relationships. We have more to give our families, friends, and loved ones outside of work when we love what we do at work. Trying to give everything to your family while miserable during the day is like trying to drive a car with a flat tire. You can do it for a while, but it isn’t a good solution.
We all have to do work we don’t love from time to time, and sometimes it’s okay to not love your job. However, those times are much easier when you know it is temporary and you have made a plan to improve your situation. If you have never thought that work was something that could be enjoyed, I hope you will at least consider the possibility that it can be. And not just for the luck few – but for you.
I also want to thank each of you who have made Monday is Good a part of your weekly routine. You have truly turned this blog into something I love.
Question: What is stopping you from doing work you love?