February 9, 2020

Love Your Job

Don’t look for a job you love, look for the things about your job that you love. Mark Twain sums up an oft-repeated sentiment in the following quote:

Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

I think most of us immediately think about finding a new job, that perfect job, that must be waiting just over the horizon. In that moment we forget the old idiom: “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Instead I’d like to suggest to everyone that they find the parts of their current job that they do love. Try to understand what those things have in common. Then work with your boss and your coworkers to find a way to do more of the things you love and less of the things you don’t. You’ll be surprised how much a small shift in how much time you dedicate to certain tasks can mean to your happiness.

The worst case scenario is you’re unable to change your current job enough, but then you’ll have a much better understanding of what you want from your next job.

© Eric Biven 2020