How Important Is It To Love Your Job?
They say, ‘love what you do and do what you love, and you won’t have to work a day’. But how true is it? Does it actually apply to real life, or it is just another cliche. Is it possible to enjoy your job despite all its shortcomings? I won’t make any generalized statement because each one of us will have to answer it individually. I, personally, couldn’t agree more. Desire and love for work is what separates a mediocre from an achiever. If that is missing, expect to be nothing more than an average performer.
What difference does it make?
It’s not that those who think of work as nothing more than a responsibility aren’t able to perform. They do perform. Then why is it important to have a beautiful relationship with your job? And, if you don’t do that how is it going to affect you? What difference is it going to make? Let’s understand it with an example:
Why is it that household chores seem so dreadful but adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking etc. are so much fun? While on vacation, we could walk all day long and do all sorts of physical activities and still feel fresh and energetic. Even if every single fiber in your body is aching, you wouldn’t say no to another adventuresome ride. Ever wondered, why? The answer is simple. It is the mindset, the desire, the love for the activity. Adventurous activities are far more physically strenuous than doing your laundry. Then why the former seems so much exhilarating than the latter? It’s because of the consciousness that the latter is far more exciting, no matter how challenging it is.
There’s your answer — the excitement. That’s what goes missing when the love for work is not there. Let’s face it! Most people just drag themselves to the office every single day because their mind is subconsciously resisting it. This is the common scenario and may sound like an easy option — to just get up, go to work, and wait for the day to get over. But it’s actually not. This is the hard way. The easier way is to look for reasons that make your profession worth-loving and perform with the mindset that work and fun are not separate, but it’s a package.
A lot of people are able to get into the profession of their choice, and yet fail to actually enjoy it the way they had imagined simply because they don’t look at their job as anything more than a necessity for financial survival. It’s one thing to get your dream job, but it’s quite another to keep loving it and keep that enthusiasm alive. But you can do that; you just have to want it, that’s all. Lot of people will be like — it’s easier said than done, especially when things don’t seem to be going your way. But guess what — things rarely go your way. You have to find you way around things; that’s the only way to enjoy work and life.
Why love your job?
Because things will be fun to do
Simple! Because you need enjoyment in life and because you deserve it. Unfortunately, we all seem to have separated work from enjoyment. People have set different hours for enjoyment and different hours for work, when in fact the two things should be mutual. When work is fun, every day will feel like a holiday. When you love to do something, the results are bound to be perfect — that’s given! Even if the quality of results is not at par, the person would consciously look for ways to improve himself.
Success will come naturally
When you enjoy doing something, it will show in your efforts. You won’t have to try too hard to prove your metal. Things will come naturally to you; the success, appreciation, anything you desire, it will just follow you. It does not matter how hard you work, if you don’t respect and love your job, all these things will become that much more difficult to achieve. This is not to say that success comes only to those who love their work. But ask yourself, which option seems better? The one where everything comes naturally and work is fun too, or the one where you are just killing yourself in the hope of getting a bigger salary package one day? Naturally, the first option. Not concentrating on what makes your work truly rewarding will make everything feel like a drag.
No more burnouts
Do something repeatedly for a long time and you are sure to feel burned-out. That’s when the stress, monotony, and boredom hits you. But, our goal is to make things interesting and enjoyable, right? So, if anyone wants to avoid monotony, they better start to like their job. That is the only way in which you can avoid burnout. But don’t forget, you have to genuinely enjoy it, not just pretend to like it.
How to develop a desire for work and love for your profession?
Look for ways in which it has bettered you
A lot of people want to take that first step, but just don’t know how to go about it. The first step is to pay attention to the way your career has made you grow. Even if you are doing something as boring as selling pens over the phone, there is always something you will learn from it. You won’t ever leave any job empty handed. You are constantly learning new things, even if you don’t realize it at that moment. Make conscious efforts to look for ways in which your career has improved your personality, your scope of knowledge. Anything you can think of will be a reminder that you are growing, not just as a professional, but as an individual.
Think of ways to make things interesting
The quote ‘there are no small parts, only small actors’ comes to mind. A good actor will not bother about how small his role is. His entire focus is on delivering the best performance. The same way, the nature of job is really not as big a factor as your mindset towards it. Be creative. Think of interesting ways to do certain things if they seem to be boring you out. Don’t stick to the convention. Break it, shake it, bend it, until you stumble down to a work style that’s enjoyable (just as long as it doesn’t violate company rules). When there is creativity and innovation in thinking, smart work, not just hard work, will become your default style of working.
Develop the ‘glass-half-full’ approach
It’s not your aptitude, but your attitude, that defines your altitude. Always remember this quote. If I started to make a list of downsides to everything, it could take days before I was done. So let’s not focus on what is wrong with things. Don’t think about stuff that makes your job stressful; think about all the upsides to it and how it is helping you grow. Constantly remind yourself of the reasons for which you pursued it every single day. Look for the value-adding factors.
Eventually, it’s all in your head!