My father always said that work is called work because, well, it’s work. I have lived on the philosophy that work doesn’t have to be a chore, though- there is a difference. My father has a greater work ethic than anyone I know, and at 70 years old, he still gets up at 4AM to begin his day. Despite his reasoning that “work is work,” he absolutely loves what he does- and even with long hours and demanding clients, he leaves the house with a smile.
It’s all in the attitude.
They say “do what you love and the money will follow,” but I only agree partially. I believe that you can love what you do and the money will follow, as well. Through the years I have had many different types of jobs; from restaurants, law firms, tech startups to jewelry companies. My current role is in software development sales, but I find a common denominator with each and every position- my networking power. There has been something very rewarding about developing meaningful connections over the years- I still speak with several people from my first post-college job in 2007 (how has it already been a decade?!).
I’m extremely passionate about “connecting the dots” and finding similarities between people. I have always been interested in learning about others, making connections and acknowledging synchronicity. Nothing gives me greater joy than finding something in common another person; which is one of the many reasons I love writing so much.
Whether or not your day-to-day job is your calling, I believe you can find your passions within anything you do. Although I am not as well-versed in software as the people I connect with in my job, I love learning from them, being able to offer a solution and get to know who they are along the way. Perhaps you can bring your own creative talents to your job and find joy in your work in other ways than listed in your job description.
When you become your #1 supporter and believe in all of the qualities you bring to your work, you open yourself up to a world of new possibilities!