"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." – Confucius
People choose their careers for various reasons, and financial stability is often considered the most “adult” one of them all. However, if focusing primarily on financial gains makes you feel frustrated, bored and weary, you may have made the wrong choice.
Your job takes a lot of your time and energy, and it affects your overall happiness and mental health. When you look at it that way, the paycheck you get at the end of the month is not enough to compensate for the stress and misery you encounter each day.
In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of loving what you do.
Is working for money enough?
We all need a steady stream of money to buy food, clothes, travel, support our families and live comfortably. However, spending 8 hours every day from Monday to Friday at a job you hate and that probably makes you hate yourself is not the best road to living your life to the fullest. Yes, you will be able to afford those fancy shoes you saw in the window or the trip you have been planning for years, but in the end, you will have to go back to the same office, doing the same chores as always.
Enjoying your job is not irresponsible
Most people associate being responsible and having a job with doing something only because you have to do it and not because you enjoy it. But have you ever considered the possibility of earning money, spending time at work and actually loving it? There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, if everyone did the job they were made for, this world would be a much happier place.
You can do better if you feel better
Did you know that an average worker is productive only about three hours during an eight-hour workday? When you’re working a job you hate, you will find any excuse to avoid it, including taking a smoke break, talking with colleagues, checking social media and reading news websites. If, on the other hand, you are in a position that makes you feel fulfilled and happy, you will be more productive and motivated to complete your tasks.
Job you love vs. reality
The problem with pursuing your passion is that it sometimes doesn’t fit into the realm of work or it requires a complete change of career, including going through the educational system once again. This requires a lot of courage and contemplation, because not only will you have to choose a whole new career, you will also have to consider different college ROI rankings to be sure your college of choice has a fair net price, brings good potential earnings and offers financial aid.
Job dissatisfaction spills over into your personal life
Do you check your professional frustrations at the door when you leave your office? Probably not, nobody does. Work-related stress is something you take home with you and it affects your family members, your friends and your partner. The same goes the other way around: if you enjoy your job, you will carry that positive vibe with you when you go home.
The two sides of extra effort
Investing extra effort and putting in late hours at a job you hate will exhaust you, make you feel stressed out and frustrated and affect your mental health. Doing the same at a job you love will not be such a burden, since you will have additional motivation to succeed. The fact that you are doing it because you want to, rather than because you’re forced to, will make it a great deal more enjoyable.
Success feels better when you’re fulfilled
Let’s say you’re a defense lawyer preventing corrupt criminals from getting into jail. Winning that case doesn’t seem like a very satisfactory victory. Now, let’s say you are a teacher whose pupil just won a medal at a competition you prepared her/him for – that feels much better, right? Bottom line? Winning is far more satisfying when you are doing something you love.
Finally, it is important to be realistic. Each profession has its flaws, but if you are sure that a certain job is right for you, you will handle those drawbacks much more easily.
Guest post by Tracey Clayton
About the Author
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She's passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
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