I know this is kind of a sore topic in these current economic times. Indeed, since good-paying jobs are so rare nowadays, even the very idea of this blog post’s title might strike many people as ridiculous. Well, once you get out of the survival mode many job seekers are definitely in, the realization will strike you, sooner or later, that there is more to work than the paycheck you get every 15 days. It’s the same as building a website. You think you’re finished after creating it but additional work keeps on adding once you own the site, like compressing png files. In fact, the longer you work at a job, the more you start asking yourself ‘why?’ Of course, you only ask this question if you don’t like what you do or if you feel there is something missing from what you do 8 hours a day, day after day, five days a week. Indeed, this post’s title truly gets to the meat of the issue of job fulfillment. Would you work at your job even if you don’t get paid? If you answered ‘no’, buck up. You are hardly alone. In fact, most people would say they wouldn’t do their jobs if they aren’t getting paid.
While it’s nice to get paid a gazillion bucks doing what you’d love to do, it probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So instead of me going into a Tony Robbins mode and saying you should quit your jobs and start shooting for the stars, I’m going to focus on giving you advice that is closer to home. Indeed, this advice is more practical since it involves something easier to do than giving everything up and going for broke shooting for your dreams. Instead of looking for the ideal job, here’s a crazy idea: why not find a way to be happy with your current job. I know it sounds wacky. But if you think about it, it is way more realistic than burning all your ships behind you and going for broke Instead of finding El Dorado you might just find an abandoned Taco Bell. It’s better to work with what you have than trying to come up with something that currently doesn’t exist and, in all likelihood, will never exist.
Working for Passion
The first step in transforming your current job into something you’d do even if you weren’t getting paid is to find the aspects of your job that fulfill your passions. For example, one girl I know was heavily interested in finding a way how to make your hair grow faster, which might be quite odd to some people. Not to her. It was her passion. What part of your job matches stuff that you get passionate about. Believe it or not, even the most mundane job will have something that appeals to your passion. For example, if you manually pop cucumber pickles into jars for a living, get passionate about pickles or serving the people that will enjoy that food. Find a glimmer of passion in whatever you do. The same applies to everything else in life. The last few months I gradually became the victim of a slower and slower computer. With the same passion I put into my job I starting combating this annoying problem. After finding several (paid) tools I finally found a great website (http://www.speed-up-pc.org) with a lot of free tips to make your computer faster. After a few hours and using several little tricks I got my computer to run very smoothly again! A little bit goes a long way.
Working for A Sense Of Meaning
Aristotle taught that people are purpose-driven creatures. We do things because these things give us a purpose. Find your passion in what you do and derive a sense of purpose from it. Think of things greater than yourself. Living for others and feeling part of something bigger means that whatever you’re doing is never meaningless, pointless, and boring, like learning as rookie cook how to hard boil eggs. We’re all part of something bigger. Realize it. Believe it. Celebrate it daily.