Have you ever thought about whether it’s actually important to love your job?
As an online business owner, I’ve sat through my fair share of how-to presentations and success seminars by various gurus who teach the ins and outs of making a living as your own boss.
One reoccurring theme I’ve noticed lately is that quite a few of these people are resolutely anti-passion. You should forget about your passions! You should forget about your interests! Profits trump passion! Here’s the fast track to a six-figure income!
They usually make an argument that goes something like this: Passions don’t bring in money. So just do whatever you need to do to get rich and then sit pretty in your McMansion with the Jaguar in the driveway and live happily ever after.
Now, if these were ever live lectures with a Q&A at the end, I would raise my hand and here’s the question I would ask: What about the fact that I already had the money and I hated it?
Granted, I wasn’t Jaguar-rich, but I did have the coveted six-figure income and guess what? I was miserable. I may have had a cushy bank account, but money doesn’t help much if you’re spending 10 hours a day hating your life and trying to will yourself to “keep it together” until Friday.
There are two potential reasons why these business gurus can claim that profits trump passion:
- The game of making money is actually their personal passion. They get a high from watching their bank account balance grow.
- Or they actually like whatever it is they are doing that also happens to be crazy lucrative.
Good for them! But just because money brings them happiness, doesn’t mean it’s going to bring happiness to the rest of us.
Granted, there are times when we do what we need to do to keep a roof over our heads and the kids fed. There are times when survival trumps passion.
And to be realistic, every career path has its ups and downs. Good days and bad days. There’s no loving your job every second of every day.
But should your goal in life REALLY be to maximize income above all else? To ignore whatever interests you or keeps you engaged? To spend forty to fifty hours a week for the next however many years doing things that you find stressful or boring or meaningless?
I don’t think so.
Most of us are not independently wealthy and need a way to make SOME money. But there are a gazillion different ways to make money and I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to find a way that’s well-aligned with their natural talents and interests.
Why Is It Important To Love Your Job?
1. It’s Important To Love Your Job Because The Opposite Will Literally Make You Sick
When you’re not a person who gets a high from money alone and you force yourself to do something that’s not your thing solely for the sake of money, it’s going to stress you out.
We can all stand to take on some unpleasant tasks some of the time.
But if you spend a majority of your waking hours under stress, it will slowly wear you out to the point that it’s going to start impacting your mental or physical health or both.
2. It’s Important To Love Your Job Because The World Needs The Best Of You
The kinds of activities that keep you engaged are typically the kinds of activities that you have natural talent in.
Now, what do you think this world needs more of?
People to be spending a majority of their time honing skills in areas that they have no talent or interest in?
Or people to be developing their talents into strengths and reaching their full potential?
I think the latter.
What If You Hate Your Job But Can’t Quit?
If you agree with me, but feel stuck, check out What To Do When You Hate Your Job But Feel Like You Can’t Quit.