Why is it socially unacceptable in the U.S. to enjoy or even love your job? I know several people who work for great companies and make great livings but would say they do not even enjoy their jobs. One question…why don’t they find something else to do?
My guess is if a poll for job satisfaction was taken in this county that an overwhelming majority of workers would say they were not satisfied. It’s probably not the money either. It’s because they don’t know how to be happy.
Not all companies are created equal and not all jobs have the same perks. Some people work for their employers because there are no other options. However, you CAN still enjoy, if not even love, your job!
Following are four ways to change your mindset to at least be content with and hopefully learn to love your job:
- Think about what you would not be able to afford to do or have if you were not blessed with the job you have. Even if you are not paid what you feel you are worth, you are paid. The majority of the people in the world make less than you. I’ve heard that worldwide, the poorer the people, the higher their enjoyment of life. Why is that? It’s likely because they feel blessed for what they have. Do you feel blessed for what you have and what you are able to do?
- Realize you make a difference in the lives of people by what you do. Yes, you really do make a difference. I work in the public accounting field and my decisions do not save lives, institute world peace or decrease pollution. But, through the work I do, my clients can be confident in their organizations’ financial stability and be able to continue providing their services.
- If you are a sanitary engineer (yes, a trash man), you make a difference in the lives of others. Without you, our homes and streets would stink and be infested with disease. If you are a grocery store clerk, you make a difference in the lives of your shoppers and their families. Food wouldn’t even be delivered to the store if you were not there to facilitate those purchases of food. You do make a difference!
- You learn to deal with people and situations in your job. If we all stayed home and sat on the couch all day watching soaps or talk shows, you would only learn how to live a fake and fruitless life. We learn valuable life lessons because of the situations we face and the people we interact with each day.
- Think about the number of friends you have made in the different jobs you have held throughout your life. For most people, the two places most friends are made are school and work. I have made some very close friends through my career. I cannot imagine my life without them in it.
The Bible teaches to be of the world but to not conform to the world. Let’s not conform to the world view and let’s enjoy the work we do. Stop complaining. Start talking about positive things. Stop gossiping about a boss. Start telling them how much you appreciate them. Stop griping about your commute. Start enjoying your time alone. Stop wishing for more toys. Enjoy the things you have.