Never Work A Day

Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 34

dream-more-work-lessIn my life there has always been a peculiar relationship with work. There were years where I immersed myself in it and built much of my own identity around what I did for a job.

 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 work feel goodsomething 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, 60percentworry 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 howhappybeing 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.

Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?

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8 thoughts on “Never Work A Day”

  1. I do what I love, and that is to create. So in my little pottery mold making business I create all day, but sometimes there are customers who use my creativity and ideas to their own ends… but I need the customers to earn a living. It seems as though we can do what we love, but their might still be a negative here or there, but in my case the positives far outweigh the niggly negatives. The point I’m making though is that it is not always either – or, sometimes we can be happy inbetween what we need to do and what we want to do :)
    Made me think again, Jon – thank you.

    1. That is a great point Michelle, sometimes it isn’t an either or situation, it is a situation where you deal with a little negative to gain a whole lot of positive. I am sure you are very talented in your pottery. I could tell you have a creative job, but wasn’t sure what it was. Now I know! :-) It sounds like you have a real passion for that job. I am still really looking for my passion. So a part of me is a bit jealous. :-) thank you for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts. These are priceless.

  2. I am glad I love my job and go to work every morning happy. My work colleagues are my family and I feel so happy there. For me enjoying what you do is hte most important part of working,and I always have done it. I tell my children to find somehting they will enjoy doing when choosing their profession.

    1. Thank you for your contribution. I agree with you whole heartedly! If you do something that you love then it isn’t work at all. I am glad you are doing something you love and I am grateful for the comment!!

  3. I completely agree with you. I would rather never work and enjoy life. With any luck we’ll be able to monetize our enjoyment of life.
    But in case that doesn’t work out, I’d like a good balance Not too much of work, even work that I enjoy, and not so less of it that I’m unable to reach my full potential. A balance so that I don’t want to rip my hair out at the end of the day.

    P.S. You said duties. I giggled.

    1. You should have seen how hard I was laughing when I wrote it, but it was the appropriate word. That I needed to use. So happy you noticed and got a chuckle. :-) I think a great balance is what we are all looking for in life. Great comment as usual and what a treat! I checked my comments and three from you. Like Christmas morning!!! :-) You are the most excellent, greatest, most wonderful person I have ever had the great pleasure to interact with. :-) :-) :-)

  4. I used to have a really cushy job that paid extraordinarily well, but I was counting the days until I could retire. I now spend more time in my current “profession” than anything I have ever done in my life. I don’t make a cent yet, but I have never been more motivated, inspired, and grateful. So I guess I would say that it is better to find your passion and “work” hard for the rest of your life. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

    1. I agree with you one hundred percent Kozo. I have a hard time defining work. I have a job right now that allows me to learn a lot of new things and see what I like and what I am passionate about. I enjoy it, there is no work to it. I think that you will find in the Universe the calling that will fulfill all of your needs and provide value to the world. Look at what you are doing already. Thanks for being a reader and commenting my west coast friend. I am truly grateful for it.

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