Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?
by Jonathan Hilton Day 34
This is comforting, because it is socially acceptable and it provides you with a sense of accomplishment. Yet in the end, this sense of accomplishment is really a facade.
Work is something that you do to get paid or to accomplish a goal, it is simply a means to an end, the motivations for work can be different but the fact is that no matter how much you enjoy it, work should only be a part of your life.
When Work Feels Good
To me, work means that you are forcing yourself to do something for reward that you wouldn’t normally do for fun. A person much wiser than me once said, if you find something you love and do that for a living you will never work a day in your life.
That is a philosophy I believe in. There are so many things that I have done as a part of a job that were just enjoyable. Getting paid for them was nice but inconsequential to the effort exerted or the passion shared.
Any time I have been working with and encouraging others has been that way for me. You know if you feel that way, I think if your actions around this activity totally immerse you in what you are doing.
Time flies, you don’t mind spending extra time to perform them to the best your ability. Most often for me these have engaged me with a creative approach to a challenge. To make a plan, prepare, implement and follow it through until the successful conclusion.
When Work is Hard
If your attitude about the work you perform is negative in any way, then you are probably going to be miserable doing whatever that job is. The bad signs are complaining, gossip, worry or a constant watching of the clock. If you are doing these at work, then you are not going to be happy in that vocation.
You can be skilled at your duties and make lots of money, but you will most likely not be happy and that has to factor into your plan for life somewhere. Life should be more than a continual drudgery surrounding a job you despise.
Money will not give you a second more of life or a make the life you do have more enjoyable. Only your mind can do that.
When we meet people for the first time, it has become a custom to immediately give our resume as an identification of our value to the world. This is no more an indication of who you are than the sneakers you chose to wear that particular day. Work is not an identity it is a job and that is all it is.
You are a great human soul with unlimited potential and if your job doesn’t make you feel that way, find something else to do.
Work Less Enjoy More
With all that being said, if I was paid to do what I love to do then I don’t believe that is work at all. That is following your passion. Therefore I would believe in working less and being passionate more, regardless of what I am producing or how much I am being paid.
People have been conditioned since we were young that we should be looking for a job that will provide a career. What we should be focused on is finding the passion that makes your activities enjoyable. That way you will never work at all.
I would rather never work at all and enjoy life all the time, not to be unproductive but to be happy and not to work a day. I remember the words, do what you are passionate about and you will never work a day in your life.