Gainful employment permeates so much of our lives.
Jobs are a source of income.
Jobs provide opportunities to use our talents and skills.
Jobs give our lives stability and purpose.
Despite the importance of our jobs, many of us are frustrated, unfulfilled and sick of our employers and the work we do. Curtesy of the “Great Recession” a lot of us are stuck in jobs that we don’t like. Doomed to 8-10 hours every day of underperforming work.
Steve Jobs was right when he said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
So how will you know when you have founded a job that you love? Here are two questions to consider:
- Do you love your job?
- Can you fall in love with your job?
If you answered “no” to one or both of the questions? Then, let me propose some ideas that may help spice up the romance.
1. Lead with your Strengths
Knowing, understanding and leveraging what you do well, will lead to more successful outcomes. Those successful outcomes will bring the respect, reward, and remuneration that can power up love for the job. Don’t know your strengths? Go to www.strengthfinders.com to start on your path of discovery.
2. Fall in Love with the Boss
Bosses come in all shapes, sizes and colors; but, they all need one thing…support, help, and love from you. Your boss plays a critical role in your job. You need love from the boss for your success. Therefore, complete the circle by loving your boss! Find some falling in love tips, by reading my post Are You Leading Your Boss?
3. Turn Your Hopes and Dreams into Goals
We all fall in love with our hopes and dreams. However, these wishes remain fantasies until we set goals and put some muscles behind them. Establishing a goal using SMART or other criteria can make the impossible, possible. We all love it when a plan comes together or dreams come true? For more about the power of Goal Setting read my post Make Your Dreams Larger Than Your Memories.
4. Love to Learn
Being a lifelong learner provides platforms for exploring new applications and approaches; while making room for personal improvements. Check out Fred Pryor Seminars and Toastmasters two groups that have had a big impact on my lifelong love affair with learning.
5. Become a Go to Person
“Red” played by Morgan Freeman in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” is beloved by both prisoners and guards; because of his ability to, as he put it “Get you things”. Yes, loving your job is about your strengths, your boss, goal setting and learning. However, you can never truly love your job unless you love and care for the people you work with too. Becoming a “Go to Person” by being willing to share your knowledge, resources, time and talents will create waves and streams of love greater than any you could imagine. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a timeless primer on how to get along. I read it again this summer and found new nuggets for my business and life.
Final Thoughts: Love is the Answer
Loving your job may seem out of step with the 21st Century business world; where profit, stock price and market share rule. However, love is timeless and will provide ventures far richer than money for scripture tells us:
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8Living Bible (TLB)
This is how I do business; and I hope you will do business that way as well. Loving people and loving our jobs.
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Marben Bland is a professional speaker, writer and business strategist. Specializing in assisting business with the acquisition of human and financial capital along with the strategies required to succeed in the marketplace.