“Do the job you love and you will never have to work another day in life!” How often have we heard this phrase? However in reality most of us are saddled with jobs with which there is little or no love lost. We find our jobs dreary, dull and lifeless. While we may chase imaginary dreams of pursuing our passions as suggested above we are also afraid. Here are 7 concrete ways by which you can actually start loving your job, rather than chasing imaginary wisps of dreams. Here is a great article “In the name of love” that exhorts us not to use the ‘do what you love mantra’ since it devalues work and hurts workers.
Count your blessings: You are in your current job because it does offer you one of these – security, money, or a position of power. The first thing that you need to do is to be grateful for all the things that your job offers rather than focusing on the negative aspects of your job. A secure, well paid job ensures that you & your family are well provided. This is something that is extremely important and cannot be overlooked or value underestimated. A job in which you hold a position of power is vital to getting things done. So the first thing that you need to do is to count all the blessings that your current job provides
Don’t focus on the negatives: Very often we keep focusing on the bad aspects of the job. Maybe you have a bad boss. Maybe the atmosphere in your work environment is terrible. Maybe you have to do seemingly insignificant and inconsequential things. In these case try to understand how your job and role fits into the large scheme of the organization. It is likely that the work you do is critical in the big picture. Try to understand your job better
No job is monotonous in reality: In reality no job is monotonous. It is your thinking and focusing on the repetitive parts alone that make it so. You need to be creative about how to make your job more interesting. For e.g. let us take the case of somebody whose job is to sort and deliver mails. On the one had this person could do his job mechanically. On the contrary if the mail sorter decides to take interest he can do the following. The sorter could mentally make note of the places where most mails come from and the places where most mails go to. The mail sorter could learn about the countries by closely inspecting the stamps on these mails. So in reality it is up to us to make our jobs more interesting. Climbing Mount Everest could also be boring if the only thought in one’s mind during the climb was the fact that you had to put one foot in front of another. If this was so, there would be no Hilary and no Tenzing. Could we have landed on the moon?
At some level, all work is boring: From afar the other side always looks alluring! If you are an employee in a large organization it may appear that you should try your hand at entrepreneurship. We are under the misconception that we will be our own boss. However even entrepreneurs have customers and clients as bosses. In any job we have to work in a framework which has constraints. The not-so successful entrepreneur will wish for the comfort of large organizations and those in big enterprises will want the freedom of startups. We have to accept what we have and make the best of it.
By all means, pursue your passion: Nobody stopped you from pursuing your passion. Maybe it is not practical to pursue your passion full-time when you have a ‘seemingly well-paid’ job. Go ahead follow you heart outside office hours. Pursue whole-heartedly your interest in painting, music, photography, etc. Having this outlet in life where you fully and completely enjoy your passions will lessen the dreariness you see in your regular job. This will give you more tolerance for doing your daily job
Learn something new: In these days of the internet there is so much to learn. Pick any subject. There are courses, blogs, videos etc where you will find all the material you need to pick almost any art. So try your hand in something unique – check out the art of sushi cooking, origami, jazz music, writing poetry, short stories, pottery etc. The joy of learning will keep you young and will give you the energy to tide through regular work
Do something larger than yourself: Get involved in something that is larger you’re your petty self. Spend some time in social service. Teach some underprivileged kids during weekends. Remember this life is not just about you and your job. There is a world out there! Go out and do the world a good turn! Your perspective in life will change for the better and you will quit worrying yourself sick about your job.
In reality there is no point in fretting and fuming about the job you have. We really need to learn to love our job. However I am saying that you should continue in your current job all your life. The time you waste complaining about your daily job can be better spent in honing your skills. Hopefully the skills that acquire if you are diligent enough can be used for your next move possibly for a job you love better.
So quit complaining about your job. Start loving it and move on!