“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
We’ve all been through that phase where we hated our jobs so much that we wanted to quit but because we have families to feed, we don’t. You stick with that same job longer than you should and spend each and every day being miserable. You drag yourself to work, get miserable for nine hours or more, go back home all stressed out only to repeat the same routine tomorrow. You dread Mondays and look forward to Fridays. You spend most of the time telling everyone how your job sucks making them feel negative towards theirs in the process.
One of the questions you should be asking yourself if you are the guy described above is how did you get to this point? How did you come to a point where you hate everything about your job? Is it the stress that it brings? Is it the lack of appreciation? I’m sure we can find a dozen reasons to justify our actions but have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you really love what you do?
I didn’t see this angle before and you probably don’t see it too but if you think about it, it may have a lot to do on why you are not happy with your work. Did you even love it when you applied for it or did you take it because of the money? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against money because we need it to buy the things we need and to live a prosperous life but should it really be your motivating factor for choosing a job?
Since we were kids, we’ve been raised to believe that money should be our end goal. We’ve been told to take a course that would land us a high-paying job and then later on, to get a job that pays a lot of money. We’ve been trained to work hard so we can reap the benefits later. We’ve been taught to celebrate the result instead of enjoying the journey.
Yes, working hard, sacrificing time and happiness will earn you a lot of money but at what cost? Earning the money and getting promoted will be pleasurable, no doubt about that, but after the smoke clears, chances are, you won’t be as happy as you were because the extra work and higher expectations will put a lot of pressure on you so you work doubly hard again, sacrifice your happiness so you can earn the one thing that drives your performance – money. This is a cycle that will go on and on until it wears you out.
One of the reasons why people hate their jobs is because of having the wrong motivation for doing it. You should look for a job that you are interested in and you love to do and here are the reasons why:
1. You’re on top of your game even without supervision
When you do work you love, you don’t need anyone to motivate you to do it better because you’ve already got all the motivation you need. You have initiative to learn everything there is to know and you are focused on the job at hand. You don’t need much supervision because your interest pushes you to perform at a higher level.
In contrast, doing something you don’t want doesn’t spark your interest and does not push you to perform at a higher level. You’re contented to do what is required without going the extra mile.
2. You don’t feel “forced” to do things
When you do something that you love, you do not feel obliged to perform better because the initiative to excel comes from you. You enjoy doing it so much that people don’t have to ask you to do something you’re not willing to do.
If you don’t like what you’re doing, you do things because you HAVE to not because you want to. Would you enjoy playing volleyball if basketball is where you are good at?
3. You have more energy
Doing the thing you love gives you a never-ending supply of energy so much so that you don’t feel tired or bored doing it. You don’t mind staying up late or getting up early or working extended hours. You don’t feel stressed unlike when you’re doing something you don’t love where you get tired and exhausted at the end of the day. There are also times when your temper gets the best of you when you can’t get something done correctly.
4. You are more confident
Because you love what you do, you must know how to do it correctly. You’ve read and studied the subject a couple of times because it peaks your interest and challenges your curiosity. Everything comes naturally when you’re doing the thing you love and you are more hands on because you know the subject well. You are willing to experiment and take risks because at the back of your mind, you are confident enough to know that you can do it and that you can easily recover from any mistakes you might commit.
5. You don’t have to postpone happiness
When you are in a rat race, happiness will have to take a backseat for a long time while you work hard to meet your end goal and only then will you feel a sense of fulfillment.
When you work on something you love, you don’t have to wait for happiness to come after putting on the hard work because the job itself is already giving you the sense of fulfillment you are looking for. You don’t just feel happy after the achievement of a goal because doing the steps to reach the goal already makes you happy.
You shouldn’t make money your main source of motivation because doing so can be harmful in the long run. Money will only give you pleasure or temporary happiness for some time. Make happiness your motivation by choosing a job that you consider your passion or your calling. Something that makes you feel that you are destined to perform this function because money can’t buy you everything, especially happiness and fulfillment.
Over to You
Are you in a job you love? If not, what’s stopping you from getting one?
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