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Do you love what you do? Here’s how to be sure.
  • 21 January 2016
  • Elvis Michael

Do you love what you do? Here’s how to be sure.

To love what you do for a living often requires more than just a competitive salary and employee benefits. While financial security and stability are essential, other factors ultimately determine how you feel as a business owner or employee. In many cases, long-term satisfaction comes from intrinsic motivation and the knowledge that your products and services are enjoyed by and/or improve the lives of others.

Assess your purpose
In many cases, business owners and employees feel increasingly dissatisfied with their work due to a lack of long-term direction. What is the purpose of your company? Do you genuinely believe you are adding value within your industry? If you do not feel emotionally invested in your organization and your customers’ experience, it could gradually affect your overall satisfaction at work.

Being happy for others
People who love their jobs are proud of their coworkers. Do you appreciate your colleagues' successes? Even if you don’t always show emotion, seeing others achieve something meaningful should evoke a positive reaction. Unhappy or dissatisfied individuals may feel envious or apathetic when others find success, while those that celebrate with peers tend to develop a greater attachment toward them and generally enjoy the workplace more.

Being a team player
Not everyone is a team player, but it’s still important to collaborate on work projects and also socialize without finding these experiences dreadful. This can include things as simple as having lunch with your coworkers or helping them with questions regarding their job. If you find yourself agitated or becoming antisocial in these scenarios, you may not be happy with the nature of your work.

Taking initiative
Workers who take initiative are often focused on being promoted, earning more money, or being recognized among their peers. While there is nothing wrong with these goals, those who love their jobs take action and demonstrate leadership because they have a legitimate interest in their company's mission. This means that when you take on those extra shifts or volunteer to perform tasks outside of your job description, you should feel a greater sense of satisfaction that goes beyond advancing your career.

Work focus
Feeling unhappy in the workplace may increase the chances that you “play the system” to avoid or delay your responsibilities. You may feel inclined to take long or extra breaks, find reasons to leave early, or avoid work altogether. Loving what you do prompts you to show full dedication to your work without constantly looking at the clock or feeling desperate. You enjoy your time in the office, even during those challenging moments and at the end of the day, you leave knowing you elevated the workplace and your company to new, higher levels.

Enjoy helping customers
If you love your job, you tend to complete all daily tasks with a deep sense of pride and helping customers doesn’t feel like a burden, but an opportunity to improve the lives of others and the industry you operate in.

All in all, loving what you do greatly enhances your productivity level and helps you achieve success in the workplace. If you are unsure whether you love what you do, contemplate your daily activities and consider whether they reflect a positive or negative attitude about your job.

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