Work: Just That?

Most days many of us wake up to an annoying buzzer telling us it is time for another day at work. Work. What a dreaded word. Most of us do it strictly as a means to an end: to earn money. Is it any wonder why most of us dislike or even hate our jobs?

But work is common sense; we do it in order to survive. We need money to buy food, to have clothes and to have a roof over our heads. Because of this necessity we must sacrifice our time and our selves to earn the money we need to live. Work generally isn’t something we like to do but something we need to do.

When we’re at work, there’s no way we can enjoy or really appreciate it because it’s something we’d prefer not to do if we had a choice. If you won the lottery over the weekend, would you still be at your job on Monday? Probably not.

The alternative: This example is quite easy to see that because we’re motivated extrinsically for the money we can’t appreciate the moment of work at our jobs. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Researchers estimate that we spend roughly half of our waking hours of our life at work. I think it’s safe to say part of being a happy person is having a job (and spending half of your life) and doing something that you genuinely like or love. If your priority and motivation for the job is the love, you are living in the moment and doing it for its own sake. So instead of doing something because you have to, you should do it because you want to do it and still make a living while doing it.

So the question becomes, is it possible to make a living while you do something you like or love? “Do what you love and the money will come”, not vice-versa.

I think everyone has at least one passion in life. Discovering this passion and pursuing it, even if it’s part time, is the first step in truly applying yourself and making a difference in the world.

Do you think it’s easy or hard to discover what your passions in life are? Think it’s even harder to pursue them? Tell me why. Discuss below. Cheers.


3 responses to “Work: Just That?

  1. I think finding a true passion is very difficult. I can name 100 things that I “like” but it’s hard to say that any of those are a “passion” (something I could engross myself in and almost never tire of).

    Once a passion is found, the trouble is not doing it. The problem is finding a way to monetize it. For example, if my passion is tasting Ghormeh Sabzi I’m pretty much screwed if I think I can turn that into a steady source of income.

    I say, it’s better to develop passive income so that one can follow one’s passions without having to worry about it making money.

  2. First of all it is NOT impossible to make a living doing something you love, you just have to be smart about it.

    Lets take the sceptic above for example. The fact that you mentioned tasting Ghormeh Sabzi as being a passion , just gives the impression that you have no passion for anything ‘productive’.
    It would help if your passion is productive. Although if you really and truly love food , who says you cant make a living out of it?? Just use your brain and imagination! Im sure if you put yourselves into the right circles , network get some cuisine education you could become a food critic or write about food. It all depends on how much you really want to stray from the monotonous 9-5 job you probably have.
    I might be making it sound as if it should be easy. NOTHING worth having in this life is easy. So the only way to get to your desired way of life is by making alot of sacrifices, many sleepless nights and maybe extra dayjobs to support your dream.
    It also depends on what you really want in life; freedom or stablility??
    If you are not willing to risk alot for what you want then its not a passion , its just a like. Theres always a way to monetize what you love doing you just have to find it and if you cant , you can always create your own niche.

    If you can visualise doing what you want to be doing, its already a step closer.

    Hasta Luego!


  3. dandardo! glad to see the sharks didnt get you. Do you have stats on how many ppl actually hate their jobs? I would say, at least in my network of friends, family and colleagues the vast majority care very deeply about their work. It’s not about the money in the sense that most of us are salaried–we get a flat sum of money–yet we put in extra hours all the time. And while we have days of suck, frustration, boredom, and perhaps would like to run amuck more often, in general our jobs give our lives a lot of intrinsic meaning. ‘s why old ppl volunteer after retirement all the time; they feel needed. Very personally, I often find myself lost in epic lack of responsibility, of mission or purpose–no family or even pets who need or depend on me–and my work gives some of that back. No one does my job if Im in Costa Rica. I would say there are likely very few people who can lead responsibility and structure free lives and still be happy. Rich man’s paradox right? When you dont need to work or when you win the lottery, you ARNT more happy. Did i miss the point?
    Perhaps we are talking about two dif things: work/careers vs hourly minimum wage Jobs. But that could be an interesting discussion in itself, eh? Are carpenters and blacksmiths artists or wage earners?

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