If we choose to look at our life through just the lens of time, it is easy to see that we spend more time at work than doing almost anything else. So, does it matter if you love what you do? For many people, the answer to that question is found in your purpose and where you find your passion.
What Drives You Matters
Before you can begin to assess the importance of loving your job, you must evaluate what drives you in life. Without knowing what holds value, it will become almost impossible to tell if loving your job is a non-negotiable in your life. For instance, if you thrive in an environment designed around vision and purpose, which gives your life meaning, it will be challenging to work in a job where you don’t exercise your passion. Taking a job that doesn’t meet these needs will increase the odds that you experience burnout, disappointment and seek to leave at the first opportunity you find for a different job. On the other hand, if you are a person that simply sees a job as a vehicle to make money and allows you to do the things you love, then loving your job is not nearly as important. The critical piece is understanding what matters to you and what brings your fulfillment, then the choice is yours.
The Choice Is Yours
Once you understand what motivates you, the choice is yours. If you are motivated by passion and meaning, choosing a job that allows you to be a difference-maker is imperative to your overall satisfaction in life. If making money to do the things you love matters more to you, then there is nothing at all wrong with taking a job that you are good at, has excellent pay and benefits, and allows you to clock out and do the thing you do love. You are the only person that can decide this for you; you have to make these decisions based on how you are wired and what brings you joy and satisfaction. One of the worst things you can do is allow yourself to get entangled in other people’s experiences and expectations. Know you, and follow your own path.
Evaluate Your Current Situation
Now is the time to evaluate your current situation and determine if it aligns with what matters to you. When I reflect, I realize that it is impossible for me to do something that I am not passionate about. I work a tremendous amount, love taking action, and have an intense drive to inspire people, help them build their business, so they can make money and help more people. This is what I love, and I would be miserable trying to do a job that did not allow me to use my passions. But this is not necessary for everyone, and that is fine–never feel bad because your motivators are different from others.
The good news is that if you realize that you want a job you are more passionate about, there has never been a better time to go out and find something you love. With the talent shortage that exists right now, there are multiple opportunities to negotiate a great deal on a job that meets your needs. At the Growth Architect, my job as a strategist is to help you understand how your mindset, growth, and business strategies work together. That’s what I do! If you want to hear more about how to love your job, then watch my video–let’s grow!
Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement, and corporate growth.
Recent clients include Merck, Women’s Legislative Caucus of California, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), NFTE, CreativeLive, the Association of Corporate Growth, and TracyLocke.
Beate is the author of the #1 International Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome” a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.
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