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.