Do you love your job?
(Article written May 1st 2013)
We spend (on average) 11.5 years of our life at work. That is nearly 100, 000 hours in the office. And that, is a lot of time. I’m very lucky with my career, in that, my job is my hobby. If I wasn’t paid to do it, I’d be doing it in my spare time any way. It’s something I’m passionate about, and that excites me. If that ever changes, I’ll change my career.
I stumbled across an article today highlighting “14 telling signs that you love your job”. So I thought I’d put together my thoughts on work place happiness.
I left my last job because I lost that drive and passion. Shortly after leaving I received an email from an old colleague saying he had read a blog post I’d written about how I felt and why I left, and handed in his notice to move on to pastures new. Very humbling to say the least. I’ll always have the mindset that if I’m not enhancing my career, reaching my personal goals, then I will make things change.
If I can make just one person change their attitude towards work, then I’m happy.
Do you love your job?
I think it’s Reed Recruitment who use the phrase “Love Mondays”. And they’re right. You’ve no reason not to love Mondays. It’s the start of the week, a fresh start if you’ve had a pretty rubbish week just before.
Do you wake up on a Monday excited about what’s in store for the week to come? Or do you feel flat, deflated, wishing it was 5pm Friday again so you can put your feet up and forget about work? Personally, I love Mondays. It’s the start of 5 days when I can get stuck in to work. The nature of my job, this normally means having the opportunity to try something new, make something new, something exciting, and ultimately, something that will be used either internally by the team, or by tens of thousands of people on our website. Either way, there is scope for the week to have some real excitement. As I mentioned earlier, if I didn’t get paid to do this, I’d be doing it in my spare time anyway, so it’s a win win situation.
I often talk to people who just don’t like work. Point blank, they will say they hate it. Granted, unfortunately, work isn’t an option for the majority of us, it’s a necessity. We have to work, to pay the bills, to pay for the luxuries in life that we all crave. But there is an option of where you work, and what you do. You make your own decisions in life.
A friend of mine today shared a link from the Guardian website. I’ll be honest, I don’t normally read huge articles in the news, I have a very short attention span when it comes to reading, however, this one caught my eye (Click here to read the whole story). Long story short, the article is written by someone called James Rhodes, and talks about reasons why you should pursue your dreams. To quote James;
Find what you love and let it kill you
James goes on to discuss how he gave up his career, his income, his marriage and his health to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a concert pianist. The theory being you only live once, and you might as well do something you are passionate about, and that you enjoy. It’s well worth a read, if not for the article content then just to watch the videos of him playing the piano.
Life is too short to have regrets
Don’t ever be afraid of change. You deserve the right to be happy at work. See yourself as an asset to your employer, they are paying for your service, for your time and effort. If you don’t feel like you’re giving 100%, and that you’d rather be somewhere else, then maybe, just maybe, it’s time to take that leap.