We hear those sentences very often : “It’s important to enjoy what you work for”. “You should wake up every morning for something you really like”. But then, why is that that so few people can SHOUT OUT they enjoy work? Why do we hear so many people saying : “If I like my job? Well… not really. But, you know, I have to be able to pay the rent!”. We all know how loving our job is important, but not all of us really care about it, or dare to care. Too bad… because loving your job is one of the 1st components of global happiness.
WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO – REALLY – ENJOY WORK
A job we don’t like – or at least not enough – is a LOT of time spent doing something we don’t stand for.
Everybody should read this sentence twice and think about it. Working uses a lot of pur time, and nobody should cope with a half-satisfying job. It’s true… When you think about it : we spend a LOT of time at work. Most of our awake time, at least. Indeed if you dig a bit : we work in average 8h a day – we sleep 8h also. It’s 8h left in each day without working or sleeping. Well, then it means that working time represents 1/3 of our everyday life. Half of our awake time. Approximately 120 days / year. We just can not spend all this time doing something we don’t like, or not enough.
A lot of people feel stressed, depressed in their everyday life, without really knowing why.
The reason(s) for this? Of course it can be personal reasons, problems which make our life harder like diseases, family issues, lack of money… But for those who are lucky enough to not have any of these problems, but are still anxious, like “All good in my life, but I feel sad-ish I don’t know why…” : if the stress remains hitting you then maybe it comes from the fact that your everyday life doesn’t make you satisfied.
Very often I talked with friends, people I just met in a party or any kind of event (including at work) who were very annoyed by their job, their manager, team, that they were bored/ or close to hitting the wall because too busy… Or whatever. But they knew they didn’t like their job at all! And of course they were stressed also. I really think that, most of the time, this kind of everyday life stress, implicate, is generated because 1/2 of our life is not spend in good conditions. And when you realize that, it’s time to change. Don’t cope with it anymore! Chase happiness!
To summarize. Not loving your job means waking up each morning to spend half of our day not satisfied.
For what? For money, of course… Money is important. To pay the rent/credits, to eat, to access care, to shop… But there is not only one job in this world which will allow you to get this money! There are others out there! And I’m 100% sure that, any one of us, with a bit of courage, can find a job that really makes us happy – for real.
Reacting is important.
When you realize you don’t love your job, you have to react. And change. Too many people cope with it, I think. Our society has evolved, it’s not the same one as 60 years ago. You don’t have to keep the same job all your life. Today, how our society is made makes change easier. With a bit of courage, a good dose of energy and determination, you CAN change. Some piece of advice :
How comes that I know so much, huh? 😀
It’s true I’m not very old and experienced. But still… I can feel that it’s a subject I can talk about with a lot of confidence because since I came to the work market, happiness and self-realization is something I REALLY care about. I graduated my Master in Marketing/Management in 2012 (so 4 years ago… Yeah! Congrats for the math!). And it took me time to feel at the right place. I had some different jobs that I kind of liked – some more than others – but where I was never at my ease. Why? Because deep inside I knew they didn’t fit me. Either I worked with adorable colleagues but too different from me in terms of age, environment, hobbies. I felt like a kid in the middle of a serious world, I didn’t want to grow up so quick. Either in a digital communication agency, this time with young and like-minded people but where the idea of work there was : ” Work, come early, leave late and forget your personal life!”. So, yeah… I like my colleagues but I also want to see my actual friends. Either a consultant job where this time I had a great team + a correct personal life (so we were almost there) but where the projects didn’t interest me so much. Moreover, at this time – I’m going to be honest with myself – I also really wanted to leave Paris for Sweden to meet my love. Anyways. 3 jobs and 3 times where I could stay and not be totally happy. But 3 times where I decided to change… To every time get closer to what I was looking for and be happier. Did you notice ? In each job I fixed the problem I had in the last one!
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