Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Do what you Love? Love what you do?
Finding a job you love is age-old advice. The old saying “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” have been repeated throughout history. Steve Jobs also said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
The “find a job you love” advice is easy to buy into for those who love their jobs. But for those who still don’t love their work, should they quit their current job and chase the dream of the job they would love? Or can people learn to find meaning and success in their current job? The answer is ‘yes.’
Great work (award-winning work) is produced when people focus on doing something others love. Most of the projects that earned awards began with an employee asking their own version of the question, “What difference could I make that other people would love?”
In all those cases, the work was focused on making a difference that someone else would love, instead of the person performing the work. They were focused on the recipient of their work—their customer, their colleague who depends on them, their leader who trusts in them, the community who expects their support, or others who benefit from their work.
The point is, loving your job is one thing—the activities and responsibilities you have on a day-to day basis. But loving the impact your job has on someone else is another. If you don’t totally hate your job but find you’re not that happy with what you are doing, try this one little simple activity: Go and see your work being received. See how it impacts someone else, another coworker, a customer, another team, or whoever benefits from your work.
“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” – Kahlil Gibran
Summing-up: Love Your Work: It’s All About Them, Not You