Finding a job that you love to do may not be an easy task, but I’m going to tell you why you need to love what you do. If you decide to forgo something you love for something that is more stable or will earn you more money, you might wake up every morning feeling miserable. If you are more passionate about something you choose to do, you will look forward to each of your days, and have excitement towards the work you do.
What inspired me to write about this topic was something my barber said to me the other day. While getting my haircut we were talking about our jobs and he asked me what I did. He then proceeded to ask me:
Do you like what you do?
This really got me thinking. If money were no object, what would you truly do? Travel the world? Work for a non-profit? Start a charitable organization? Obviously money can’t be completely ignored, but don’t let it guide your decisions. You’re career will lead to you being financially secure, but being financially secure shouldn’t be the driver behind your career. According to a study done by Princeton researchers, the emotional happiness that you receive from your day-to-day experiences levels out once you start earning $75,000. That means earning anymore above this threshold won’t significantly increase your everyday happiness.
Why you need to love what you do:
You Will Feel Satisfied
Feeling satisfied is very important when it comes to the work you’re going to be doing every day of your life. The fulfillment received will keep you happy and push you to wake up each and every morning.
You Will Give 110%
Yes, you’ll definitely produce more when you love what you do. The engagement you feel with your work when it’s something you’re genuinely interested in will be significant. This will curb any sort of burnout from working, and allow you to be continuously energized.
You Will Be Motivated
When you do something you love you feel motivated to go above and beyond. You’ll excel at whatever you do. You’ll set goals for yourself, and strive to achieve each and every one. Every career has roadblocks, but in the end of the day the people who succeed are the ones who chose to overcome them.
You Will Perform Better
You’re performance will peak because of your genuine interest in the work you do. This will not go unnoticed, and can eventually lead to a promotion from a boss, or in the case of other professions people will definitely begin to take notice of your work.
Work Won’t Feel Like Work
Work will start to meld with fun. It won’t always be fun and games, but it definitely won’t feel like a chore anymore. It won’t be about surviving, but about winning. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
There will always be setbacks in life. Life isn’t one straight path, but rather a winding, twisting path. Being an Indian girl/guy you can sometimes feel a lot of pressure from your parents on what you should ultimately do with your career. If you don’t decide to be a doctor, engineer, or lawyer, your doing it all wrong. I don’t blame Indian parents for having this mindset, as they just want the best for their kids. Having a job one of those professions will ultimately check off the three things they would want in their kid’s jobs: money, security, and status. Wanting a good life for their kids is not something bad, but there is a difference between suggesting something and forcing something. This thought process has been deep rooted in the asian culture for decades. If you don’t study hard and get a “good” job, you haven’t truly succeeded in life. That isn’t the true definition of success.
You could have tons of cash, but hate your life. After all, almost half of the hours your awake is spent doing your job, so if it doesn’t hit you at first, it will over time. There isn’t a one-size-fits all formula to a good life. Sometimes your life needs a major change, and other times it may just need some fine tuning. Whatever you choose, you need to love what you do.
As you get older family and friends constantly ask you how your job is going. Strive to be honest and actually mean it when you say “Great”. We all ultimately want our dream job, and we all won’t instantly have it, but it’s important not to give up. Moral of the story, enter a field that interests you, don’t do it because it pays well or your afraid of change, but do it because you have a passion for it. Step out of your comfort zone. If you want to be successful, you must legitimately feel good about the work you do.
So ask yourself: why aren’t you doing what you really want?