There’s a great saying that goes like this- do what you love, and you’ll never have to work another day in your life. However, many of us may have a bone to pick with that advice. Sometimes, doing what we love is not an option in the circumstances we are in. Or maybe, doing what we love just doesn’t pay the bills.
Enter- a day job. Studies say that only four in ten employees feel engaged with the job that pays their bills. The very same job where they spend a majority of their waking hours. In other words, if you don’t love your job, you’re spending a significant part of your day feeling highly dissatisfied.
There is an interesting flip side to this. Dorie Clark writes in the Harvard Business Review - "No one wants a job or a career they hate. But sometimes it might be better to do what you like — not what you love. Doing what you love can inspire great dedication and a sense of meaning — but sometimes, that passion can blind you to feedback (are you the only one who thinks it’s a good idea?), make you miserable (who knew launching the initiative would mean managing a dozen new staffers?), or harm your financial prospects."
Finding Love In Your Work
This is the month of love, and the first thing we advocate is loving yourself enough not to be dissatisfied anymore. You have a job, it is paying the bills and a little more, you are decently good at it - discover the love or at least the like!
How do we do this, especially when our jobs don’t give us the joy we so desperately want?
We find it, of course.
Here are a few time-tested ways of finding joy in the work you do:
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