Work isn’t work when you’re doing what you love…

5am comes around… Then 6… then 7, and finally your alarm goes off giving you just enough time to get yourself together and run out the door on your way to work. When you get there, all the reports you were working on the day before are still sitting on your desk staring at you and as you stare back at them, you begin to hear them give you your daily morning roast session with their snobby new-yorker accents; “Hey fellas, look who decided to show up today! Get a load of this guy, thinking he’s all special in his new shirt.” “Yeah, new shirt, new me, aye buddy? Who’s the new me? Pee-Wee Hermit?” You drop your bag and right as you open your mouth to give those papers what for you’re interrupted by the guy next to you. “You gonna get that? Or you just gonna stand there and stare at your desk all day?” “Great”, you say to yourself with a sigh, and pick up the phone just to get scolded for not having the reports done by now. “Those better be on my desk by noon. I don’t care what you have to do. Just get them done!” You hang up, pull out your chair, and sit down at your desk to the sound of the guy in his desk next to yours having his daily phone conversation so loud that you know every little detail about his entire life. You would gladly amputate your own ears and give it to him not to, but hey, what’s better than getting to know a guy through his conversations with somebody else while you’re trying to work, right? Just another day in the life…

However, lets take a step back and for just a moment, imagine that our job enabled us to wake up every morning and do something that we couldn’t wait to do. What if you dreamed about the love you have for your job and instead of waking up to an alarm, your excitement woke you up instead? Or if rather than getting picked on by a stack of papers every morning, you walked into the office and people cheered for your arrival? In other words… What if you loved what you do?

Getting to the point where you love what you do isn’t always easy, but I believe that if you apply these few simple principals, you can very well get on the right track to enjoying your day job…

 

Be patient and don’t do anything that you’ll regret:

Quitting your job and diving right into something you love sounds great when the thought first crosses your mind. But it’s important that you think long-term and remain practical with what you want to accomplish. That’s not to say it’s not possible, but just like every other good thing in life, it takes time and strategic coordinated efforts on your part to pull it off. There’s a lot of us out there who would love to tell our boss off and walk out of the office holding two middle fingers above our heads; but if you’re going to get to that “dream job” you want so badly, you have to do whatever it takes to stay sane and keep crawling closer to that goal. Even if that means having an occasional argument with a piece of paper so that you can get your frustrations out. We won’t judge you…

 

Set goals and hold yourself accountable to them:

If you don’t know where you’re going, there’s a much better chance of you staying where you are than if you did. Believe me, I get it; you’re sick of putting up with the same crap every day and you’re ready for something better; but if that’s ever going to happen, you’re going to have to be the one to make it happen. People you work with don’t care if you like or don’t like your job. You could work the same job and put up with the same BS for the rest of your life for all they mind; but that’s only because they don’t know your drive. Your ambition dictates your success. If you want to be able to one day wake up in the morning and make a living off of doing something you love, then you’re going to have to set your goals and hold yourself accountable for getting them accomplished. A change of lifestyle isn’t a sprint, its a marathon; but that marathon only begins when you do.

 

Think outside the box:

Yes, I know; everybody and their mother has told you this at least a dozen times throughout the course of your life; but it really is an important factor to consider if you want to be successful at doing what you love. For some people, they have the option to do what they love and be broke, or hate what they do and have money. If you want your options to be a little more welcoming then that, you’re going to have to get creative! Start thinking about how your passion can benefit other peoples’ lives other than your own and how you can get people to take interest in what you love doing. For example, if you could spend your days doing nothing other than playing golf and being absolutely content with that, then think about how you can get people to take interest in your golf playing passion. Give coaching lessons, start your own golfing youtube channel, host your own podcast of the conversations you have with influential people on the golf course, etc, etc… There’s always going to be ways to get paid to do what you love, but more times than not it’s going to be up to your creativity to figure out how to make that happen. Develop your plan, think about it logically, and don’t be afraid to fail. After all, some would argue that failure at doing what you love is better than success at doing something you hate.

 

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