“Only 13 % of people worldwide actually like going to work” – Washington Post.
When you are doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like work. In a perfect world, we would all be doing something we’re passionate about.
Doing what you love keeps it from feeling like work. Careers have ups and downs, and when it gets tough, the only thing that can motivate us not to want to give up or quit our jobs is when we are passionate about what we’re doing. I love to write. Blogging and social media management are things that I enjoy. So even when it’s hard to meet deadlines, or I struggle with a project, I never think about giving up on it.
Why do you think fast food restaurants have such high turnover rates?
Mostly because people who work there HATE it. So as soon as they find something even a little better, and sometimes before then, they leave. It’s hard to stick something out when your heart isn’t in it, right? When you start your own business they say it’s essential you’re passionate about it or chances are you won’t be successful.
So how do you know if you’re passionate about what you’re doing? A lot of people work at places they like, but how do you know you LOVE what you do? There’s a huge difference between like and love. Love means there is passion. Like means, it’s something you don’t mind tolerating. So let’s look at the criteria for loving what you do.
7 Things That Confirm You Are Doing What You Love
1. You’d do it for free.
This is one of the most significant ways to spot you love what you do. If money weren’t an issue, you’d do it for free. I was managing people’s social media accounts and writing a blog before I ever knew that you could make money doing it! I did it because I enjoyed it. So it was easy for me to realize I was passionate about it.
So think about it. If you had money and you could do anything in the world you want, would you still want to do what you’re doing? If nobody paid you, would you always enjoy it or would you leave without giving it a second thought?
2. You find yourself working past quitting time even when you don’t have to.
This can be a gift and a curse. For those of us who work from home and love what we do, it can be hard just to stop, especially when you feel as if you’re on a roll. When you love what you do, you find yourself working past that 6 PM clock out time and you don’t feel as if you’re overworked or resentful. You felt pride and accomplished that you’re getting so much done doing something you enjoy.
3. You get excited when talking about it to other people.
Have you ever looked at someone talk about their dreams? Have you ever noticed how their face just lights up? Well, what lights up your face? When you’re talking about work, do you find yourself beginning to feel energetic and excited or do you feel growing feelings of frustration and dread? If every time you talk about your job you find yourself rolling your eyes or your mood suddenly goes sour, odds are you don’t love what you do.
4. You rarely struggle to get started. We all struggle sometimes.
I won’t lie. I even struggled to get started on this article (mostly due to lack of sleep). Usually, however, you’ll find that you can get right to work and usually in a pleasant fashion. You don’t have to drag your feet because you’re excited. You feel more like “I get to do this today” instead of “I HAVE to do this today.”
5. Time flies by.
This is my favorite thing about doing what I love. When you’re working a job, you aren’t crazy about or isn’t your passion, at one point or another you find yourself looking at a clock. Have you ever been at work and found yourself counting the hours before you get to leave? When I worked at McDonald’s, I would count down the hours and minutes and try to break it down into sections to make it seem like I had less time. I would say things like “I just have to get past 15 minutes six times, and then I get to go home” or something like “in fifteen minutes it will only be 4 hours which is close to three hours, so I’m almost halfway done with my shift”. Sound familiar? It’s as if you’re trying to convince yourself that you can survive your shift until you get to race away from the building, but when you love what you do you’ll look at the clock and next thing you know it’s only an hour until quitting time. You’ll say things like “oh no it’s almost time to go home and I’m on a roll!”
6. You leave work excited thinking about what you’ll be doing the next day.
When you enjoy your work, you’ll leave the office or your workspace excited about the next day’s work. You go home and start happily thinking about what you get to do tomorrow. It’ll be on your mind as your walking out the door, and it won’t be a stressful thought but an energetic one.
7. You don’t think about retiring or quitting.
I ’m sure there are exceptions to this rule, but people who do things they love tend not to plan out their retirement. When you work somewhere just for the paycheck, you’ll be daydreaming of the day when you never have to come to work again.
Someone who loves what they do can’t imagine their life without them doing it. I can imagine myself writing less, but I can never see myself just not writing anymore. I’ll be sixty years old enjoying typing things up, refusing to type on whatever technology comes up with next to record our thoughts. Quitting isn’t even a consideration when you get to wake up every day and have the fulfillment of doing work you enjoy.
Doing something you love is indeed a blessing. Not everyone gets to do it, and it isn’t always comfortable getting to work doing what you love every day. Washington Post says only 13 percent of people worldwide actually like going to work. How sad is that! People are forcing themselves to an office every day for a paycheck instead of utilizing their passions to make money doing something they LOVE to do.
So are you a part of that 13 percent? Do you love what you do? How do you know? What are some things you’re passionate about? Comment below.
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