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How important is it to love your job?

Monday, 11 February 2019

Do what you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.

How many times have we all heard that? Is it true? Will finding the perfect job make our lives feel like one long holiday? Maybe not.

Most people don’t LOVE their work. Many enjoy it, some tolerate it and some loathe it, but it is a minority who find work they absolutely love and that also supports their lifestyle.

Does that mean that everyone else is left to live and work in frustration, desperately seeking that perfect job they can be passionate about? Not at all.

It is perfectly normal to love your work and also recognise that it is hard work. You can and should find enjoyment in your work – doing so is very valuable to your life in many ways, including increasing your chances of financial success. But you don’t have to love, or even like your overall job to enjoy everyday aspects of it.

No-one (even those who claim to absolutely love their job) like every single part of their job. A freelancer or small business owner who makes a living out of their passion still has to complete a tax return, an actor who adores being on stage still has to find the next role and the accountant who absolutely revels in figures might hate face to face time with their boss or clients! We all have to deal with aspects of our jobs that don’t make our hearts sing. It’s HOW we deal with those tasks that determine how happy we will be overall. If we do even the things we loathe with more of a positive attitude, we may learn to tolerate them better or even enjoy them!

Never forget that there is a distinction between work and play! Even those lucky enough to love what they do for a living are consciously aware of the fact that they have to continue to work hard at it in order to pay the bills – the difference between work and play is that we have to work in order to make the money, while play is something we do in our downtime.

Your number one passion isn’t always a realistic career choice! Maybe you love to paint, are a skilful video gamer, a concert level pianist? We all know that these are very specialist and hard to get into career fields. We’re not saying that it’s impossible to find such a role however it is much more difficult and only attainable for the few, so sometimes we have to be more realistic about our day jobs and keep our passions as hobbies which help to sustain us and make our overall lives more fulfilling. Keeping our true passions away from work can be a good thing – once you turn what you love into work, maybe you won’t love it quite as much!

Loving your job is a wonderful thing and when we love what we do, we tend to work harder at it. Often, it’s not just the work that we love but the satisfaction we get from doing it well. No job is perfect, there will always be aspects that we don’t like to do, but if we do what we do with enthusiasm, we can and should be happy in our jobs.

If you really aren’t happy with your current role, let us help you find a new one – contact us today!