Mondays are usually the days people dread after getting to spend the weekend doing things they actually enjoy. Choose a job that gives you the opportunity to feel that weekend excitement on a weekday.
I know what you’re thinking: “I have to make a living.” That’s true. Survival is important. Life without food, electricity and heat would definitely be difficult. But then again, so would a life without passion and happiness. You know you can have both, right?
You can make a living doing what you love. It’s just a matter of taking that first step and being willing to try.Take back your Mondays!
The problem is that many people are often looking for the wrong things in their job searches. What you think will make you happy can be very different from what will actually make you happy. No wonder over half of Americans are unhappy with their jobs.
“Do what you love and the money will follow.” You’ve probably heard it before. No, it does not necessarily mean travel all over the world with the expectation of getting your good time paid for somehow. (If this is your life please share your secrets, thanks).
The point is, don’t worry too much about the salary. A meta-analysis of around 100 studies found that there’s a very weak relationship between pay and overall job satisfaction.Focusing too much on pay distracts from other important factors. While money might make you happier in the short run, as a factor in a job search, it deserves far less attention than it gets.
It’s tempting to think an easy job will be a great job. You’ll experience low stress and it’ll be easier for you to do well. In reality, you’ll probably just be bored. You’ll never get to experience that real sense of achievement that comes with pushing yourself to do a good job.
According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Seligman, a leading happiness researcher, achievement is a central component of well-being. It’s important that your skills are well-matched to the job you’d like to do. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should only do jobs you already know you’re good at. No sense of achievement comes from succeeding at the same mediocre task over and over again.
There’s a strong correlation between having a “sense of meaning” and overall happiness. Feeling that your work contributes to an important cause is one of the most important factors for job satisfaction. Picking a more meaningful career doesn’t necessarily mean working for a charity or a non-profit organization. There are lots of ways to make a difference such as doing research, involvement in political activism and even starting your own business that contributes positively to society.
It might seem obvious but the best way to find a job you love involves doing something you love. What are your hobbies? What makes you smile? Once you figure out your interests, you can start looking for jobs that involve some of those things.
Keep in mind that even if you are lucky enough to have your dream job one day there’s no such thing as perfect. Anything worth having comes with some effort. There might be some days you might want to hit snooze 10 times until you accidentally-on-purpose sleep through your designated work arrival time. Regardless, those days will be heavily outweighed by ones where you feel more excited to show up to work than you ever thought possible. Every work situation has its ups and downs and there are sure to be some aspects you love and others you might not be so crazy about.
The average nine-to-fiver spends eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, 2,000 hours a year working. Too many people will spend their entire life miserably working at their job while questioning how their life would be different if they would have gone down another path. The great philosopher Confucious once said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” In other words: “follow your passion.”
It’s up to you to find a good job, then it’s up to you to make it a great one. Forget about salary, perks and prestigious titles. Choose your job based on these considerations: Will it make you happy? Will it make you go, “Yes, it’s Monday! Time to get to work!”