In today’s post, I’m goin to share my top 7 ways to find a job that you love.
Over my years of life, I have worked a wide variety of jobs. Some I liked and many I hated a lot. There have been very few jobs that I can say I loved. Sure, I loved many of the people I worked with, but the job itself sucked.
What are some of those jobs I have worked?
- Making farm chemicals such as Atrazine and Counter. (Hated)
- Landscaping. (Liked)
- Rendering. (Hated, hated and hated some more)
- Telemarketing (Like/Hate relationship)
- House construction (Liked)
- Metal factory – Pressbrake Operator (Love/Hate relationship)
- and before what I do now, Graveyard 12 hour shifts at Nike (Like/Hate relationship)
But now, I am both an author and freelance writer and I love my job; or I should say my business. Naturally, with any job or business, there will be certain things we dislike, but overall I love writing! It took me many years to discover what I truly loved to work at. I want to help you discover what you love faster.
Top 7 Ways to Find a Job That You Love
In the paragraphs below, you will discover the top 7 ways to find a job that you love.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
# 1: Look On Days Past – Childhood
Consider what it was you really felt you wanted to do when you were young, before “grownups” told you that it was not feasible.
I remember telling someone that I wanted to write books like my favorite author: Louis L’Amour. And the negative statements came… Authors don’t make money. You can’t do that. But your dad is an accountant. Why don’t you follow that path?
Yea, they put the pressure on me and I rebelled. But here I am many years later with over 50 books published.
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Aristotle
# 2: Don’t Stick Around With Something You Hate
I was taught that you never leave a job until you have found another. I somewhat agree, but I need to stress that if you are doing something you hate, don’t procrastinate. Find something different FAST!
Maybe the money and benefits are good, but life is just too short to hang in there if you hate it. I may get some debate on this, but my opinion is: if you hate it, quit it, and move on.
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” ~ Katherine Whitehorn
# 3: Where You Live
Believe it or not, there are certain locations where people love their jobs more than other places. In study after study, it was discovered that people who live in the Philippines seem to love their jobs more than most other countries. As for the United States, you may want to consider a move to:
- North Dakota
- or Vermont
Maybe the change of scenery will help!
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” ~ Maya Angelou
# 4: Look At The Long-Term
This is where you pull out that “crystal ball” and try to predict where your dream job will be in 1-year, 5-years and 20-years from now.
Is it a reality? Do you foresee a bright future or are you unsure? I suggest you study trends in the industry you are considering and use your logic to make sure it is something that can survive the test of time.
“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!” ~ Earl Nightingale
# 5: Talk To Someone Who Has Been There And Done That
As I stated earlier, every job has pros and cons. You have to find the job where the pros (for you) add up higher than the cons.
I believe one of the best ways to do this is by finding people who worked that job in the past or currently do. Ask them what they like and dislike about the job. Make sure to ask them to be completely upfront and honest. You don’t want to ask someone who is recruiting you, because they will never tell you the bad parts.
I do suggest finding as many people as possible to talk with, so you can get a range of answers.
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell
# 6: How Do You Want To “Better” The World?
I truly believe that the best job for every person is the one where they feel they are making a difference in the world for the better.
It make no difference if you are a janitor, CEO of a major corporation, picking up dead animals on the road, or building houses: if you truly feel as if you are helping the human population big or small, you WILL love your job.
So tell me, how do you want to “better” the world?
“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” ~ Warren Buffet
# 7: Read This Book
I believe this last tip is one of the most important. It is a book everyone should read to help them discover what they truly want to do in life. The book I speak of is called What Color Is Your Parachute?
“I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing.” ~ David Beckham
In conclusion, these are my best tips on how to find a job that you love. Let’s hear from you… Do you love what you do? Are you looking for a job you will love? What steps are you taking? Post all comments and questions below and have a great day!
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