Can you do what you love?
We’ve been paving the way for My London Works on social media by exploring the idea that LOVING YOUR WORK isn’t a myth. The place where people love their work isn’t the Big Rock Candy mountain – and unicorns don’t roam there either – but FEAR NOT, there’s good news too. The good news is that the land where people love their jobs is real – it’s London, or New York – or York – or Swindon. People are loving their work EVERYWHERE. The big question is ARE YOU?
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” ― Steve Jobs
2,000 hours a year is the average time we spend working. That’s a LOT. Whack a commute onto that figure and it’s time to start perspiring a little. Realistically, not all of us have the luxury of working a job we love, but if you do have even the smallest chance of upgrading your happiness levels, push for it – it’s time to start assessing your priorities.
“Do what you love and the money will follow” – there are valid reasons why that may hold true. A whole bunch of studies show that happy people not only have a higher quality of life, they earn higher salaries too. What are you waiting for? It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and lose confidence, but instead of focusing on why you’re not in a job you love, let’s check out a few reasons why you should explore some different job opportunities. In a later blog we’ll explore how to transfer your skills and seek out the right job for you, but for now, let’s look at why we should even go there.
YOU’RE GOING TO FEEL MORE FULFILLED
Today’s working life is as much about personal fulfilment as it is about how much you earn. The lines between working and living are blurring so much that in certain professions we can barely see the join. Loving what you do keeps happiness in plain view – and that keeps pessimism, boredom and a whole gamut of other goblins at bay.
YOU’RE GOING TO ACHIEVE MORE
If you’re engaged in what you’re doing, you have a higher rate of productivity. Employers are asking more from employees in terms of creativity, innovative input and entrepreneurial spirit. None of these qualities thrive in the swamp of despondency.
YOU’RE GOING TO EXUDE MOTIVATION
If you love what you’re doing you’re going to feel motivated to achieve. When you meet or exceed goals, suddenly you experience a sense of accomplishment. With accomplishment comes self confidence and a natural desire to push on. You can be that person!
YOU’LL INSPIRE OTHER PEOPLE
All the great qualities that you earn from loving what you do are contagious. Feel great, work well, achieve more – and expect people to flock to you for guidance on how they can achieve that too. Be a role model, why not.
YOU’LL ACTUALLY GET SMARTER
Meaning, purpose, happiness – all of these encourage stable mental health. Employing your little grey cells in a healthy way keeps them alert and ready for action. Just like Sudoku and crosswords keep diseases like Dementia at bay, regularly exercising your brainpower will keep you smart as a shrimp in mustard. That’s pretty damn smart by all accounts.
YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS WILL IMPROVE
Don’t want to be a leader? Tough. With the conviction you have in your work, it’s going to be impossible for people not to look up to you to feed off your sparkling mojo. When you rock your work, people sit up and take note. Ironically it’s like yawning, it’s thoroughly contagious.
YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE A CHALLENGE
Challenges in a job you hate become mountains rather than molehills – obstacles rather than potential diving boards over entire swimming pools of positive change. When you work in a job you love, challenges become positive rather than negative. Moths become butterflies, frogs become princes and ghouls become ghoulash.
YOU’LL PUSH YOURSELF TO SUCCEED EVEN MORE
Happy and fulfilled people don’t rest on their laurels and fritter away their days filing their nails into points or playing Spider Solitaire, they push on. Success can be interpreted in a number of ways, but no matter what your competition is (even if it’s yourself) loving what you do will help help you achieve it.
YOUR HEALTH IS GOING TO IMPROVE
There’s a whole impressive spectrum of stress-related illnesses that unhappiness will latch onto and feed off like a leech. Your immune system is compromised in a very real way if you persist with unhappiness or a lack of fulfilment and leaves you susceptible to a bunch of physical illnesses. You clearly deserve more.
YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOING TO IMPROVE
A joyous sparkly you is much better to be around than the grey version of you that mutters at small children and avoids eye contact. Joy, happiness, fulfillment spill over into your relationships with colleagues, partners, children and friends. Everyone loves and prefers the happy you, including yourself.
YOU’LL HAVE MORE ENERGY
Imagine getting out of bed and thinking “I’d better put BOOTS on today because otherwise my amazing life is going to literally rock my socks off”. Imagine the energy that would course through your system if you could summon up anything like that kind of (slightly irritatingly sunny) attitude. Imagine what you could achieve. Literally anything.
There are so many benefits to doing a job you love, so why are so many of us content to plod on in careers that bring us very little?
It doesn’t matter where you are in your life, whether you’re 20, 40, 60 or 80 – if you’re still getting up and going to work, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Work your way towards happiness and you’ll never look back with regrets.