Love What You Do

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Psychology

Love What You Do

We’ve all heard the saying, “Do what you love.” Sometimes what you love isn’t something you can make a living at. So, there’s another saying, “If you can’t do what you love, love what you do.”

What if you hate what you’re doing?

It’s easy to go for a new career if you’re making low wages. What if you’re making good money and hate what you’re doing? Maybe you should rake in the cash for as long as you can stand it but use the money to set up your escape plan. One type of savings that could be important is an education savings plan. You may need it to train for a new career.

Put your biggest effort into a good diversified investment portfolio. Some advisors suggest an equal split between cash, investments and real estate. The cash can be actual cash in the bank and goods that can be sold for what they cost (expensive jewelery, rare paintings, etc). The investments can be stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRAs and other securities. The first real estate to get paid off is your own home since that usually gets a tax break. For additional real estate try not to go so far into debt for it that you would lose it if you had to halve the rent to get tenants (thinking of future recessions). But, hey, I’m no financial advisor. If you’ve got lots to invest you should talk to professionals.

While you’re holding out for as long as possible, look at ways to make the transition. What can you start right now? Can you enroll in a weekend or night course? Are there skills and knowledge you can acquire on your own?

What if you can only tolerate what you’re doing?

If you can tolerate what you’re doing, you should stick with it as long as possible while you search for something better. What resources are available? Books. Magazines. TV. Internet. Use search engines to read more about anything and everything. Talk to people in all kinds of jobs that might be close to what you want. If there’s a career that sounds good, talk to people in that line of work. Informational interviews aren’t just a way to get a job interview. They are also useful just to get information. That’s actually their main purpose.

If you’re only tolerating your job, you might want to consider making a career change after three or four years. That will prevent you from coming to hate your tolerable job. Even if all you do is move to another job you can only tolerate, at least you’re not growing to hate your “boring” job. Change is good because new experiences make you think and grow.

What if you can learn to like what we’re doing?

If you can at least learn to like what you’re doing, you can put off changing jobs until you’ve developed the skills you need for a career you can love. Just beware of getting comfortable where you are. Your dream job isn’t going to come along without a lot of effort from you. On the other hand, sometimes you will discover that your current job is your dream job.

Learning to love what you’re doing.

If you like what you’re doing, you can learn to love it. Study more about the job on your own time. Talk with others in the same field. Join clubs if there are any. The more you get involved, the more it will seem worthwhile to you. If you also learn the jobs around you, that can be excellent training for any entrepreneurial ventures you may get into in the future. It can also prepare you for a lateral move into a different job in the same company.

Your current situation may suck, but it doesn’t need to stay that way. The solution isn’t to chuck it all in and start from nothing. You want to move closer to work you love one step at a time. Move from hating your job to liking your job to loving your job. With luck you will start thinking of your job as a career instead of just a job.

Article text copyright 2011 David Arthur Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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