Every day (Monday through Saturday) I post a daily quote on my Instagram and Facebook pages. On Sunday I write a post inspired by the quote that has received most likes on both social media. This week that is “The only way to do great work is to love what you do!” by Steve Jobs.
I think it has happened to most of us to start a job and at some point realize that it isn’t exactly what we imagined it to be. Even more – it leaves us unsatisfied and weary at the end of the day. I know it has happened to me once or twice. The feeling is crushing. I used to get home in the evening too tired to fix myself a meal, too irritated to have a normal conversation with anyone and too fed up to listen to anything. And I see people all around me who feel the same way.
My humble experience shows that keeping a job that isn’t satisfying may cause quite some damage on both sides: your job and yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable with what you do for a living there’s a great chance you end up not doing it in the best way you can. That’s perfectly normal because you can’t put your heart into something that doesn’t feel right. This may lead to problems at work, unhappy clients, etc. On the other hand, by not having enough time to do what you love to do, you’ll gradually start neglecting it and lose the confidence you once had. That happened to me and I’m telling you – it sucks! It really really sucks.
Even though we all know that “It’s hard to find a job!” that doesn’t mean that we have to stick to one that isn’t leading us anywhere we would like to go. Luckily, we live in a century with endless possibilities. That means that there’s a chance for everyone to find his niche and his happiness.
The biggest challenge is to overcome our fear and to dive into research. The perfect job might be waiting for you anywhere, anytime. The most important thing is to grab every opportunity. Never stop searching until you’re happy with what you’ve found.
If you’ve identified your calling, the only thing to do is follow it and work on it. Find other people with the same interests; create something unique and present it to the world. When you put all your heart and soul into something, it will almost certainly pay you back.
If you’re still searching for your calling, make sure you try as many things as you can. If something still interests you strongly after a year or two, it might well be your thing.
Find the things that inspire and motivate you and never stop seeking until you’re happy with what you’ve found. That’s when satisfaction, contentment and happiness will make their way into your daily schedule. That’s when you won’t fear Mondays anymore. And that’s when you’ll start doing “great work” that everyone will notice and appreciate.
Have you found your calling? What is it? Feel free to share with me in the comments below.