LOVE What You Do
By Dr. Robb Thompson
There is no substitute for devoting yourself to what you do. There is a longing in all employees to do something they love.
Unfortunately, many follow their pocketbook rather than their heart.
And although they make good money, they are discontent at their job. Money only brings temporary happiness. It doesn’t fill the inner void of purpose.
Purpose and passion go hand in hand. If your job’s only pur- pose is to make you rich, then that job will not bring you any lasting fulfillment.
Many have labeled me a “workaholic” or a “type A personality,” but I disagree.
I don’t work. I am devoted to my assignment.
I live with passion and express it in everything I do.
Sure, there are tasks I don’t necessarily enjoy, but the purpose behind the task carries me through. I did not choose what I do for the money; it chose me.
In return, I chose it because I am in love with helping people succeed. I am passionate about helping others achieve their destiny.
Do you do what brings you energy? Do you wake up and want to go to work on Monday? Research shows that approximately 95% of employees do not enjoy their job. They stay because of convenience, salary, or fringe benefits.
Nevertheless, such motives do not satisfy your longing to fulfill a purpose. The money may bring you a better house, but it won’t make a happy home.
You may have nice clothes, but your wardrobe won’t satisfy you. Although you may move up the corporate ladder, you’ll soon find out the ladder leans on the wrong building! Wanting to do what you do is important to your success.
Now, I understand that we must go through seasons in life, especially in our earlier years when we don’t have the job of our dreams, but we still can move in the direction of what we want to do.
Consequently, you may have to endure seasons of doing things you don’t enjoy. Just make sure it is a means to an end, an end in which there’s a lifelong purpose, not just an income.
Ask yourself this question: “If every job paid the same wage, which job would I choose?”
Answering this question will free you from money’s influence and allow you to discover what it is you truly love to do.
You still may say, “I don’t know what I love.” That’s understandable, so answer these questions to start discovering the right direction.
• If you could do one thing all day at work, what would it be?
• If you could do any job or full-time activity without pay, what would it be?
• What type of work or activity gives you the greatest joy and satisfaction?
• For what would you like to be known?
Doing what you love is your choice. No one can make you do anything.
If you don’t like what you do and you continue simply because of money, begin a pursuit of what you want to do. It will take time, but even a one thousand mile journey starts with the first step.
One final reason men and women do not do what they want is fear—fear of failure—fear of not making enough money—fear of the unfamiliar.
The only way to overcome fear is to face it. The giant named FEAR always seems more terrible than he really is. Run toward your giant and face him head on.
Do what you love, and your life will be fulfilled. Go after your dreams. Live with passion and never settle for something you ultimately don’t love to do.
Can you imagine actually waking up wanting to go to work? I do, and I believe the same can be true for you!
“Find Something You Love To Do And You Will Never Have To Work A Day In Your Life.”
LESSON TO LEARN
Every May, corporations across America receive a deluge of applications from college graduates seeking employment. After the strenuous hiring process, new employees must be trained for their particular assignment.
The personnel responsible to train new employees is often frustrated by young men and women who think that having a college degree means they don’t need training. Some trainers have resigned to this annual problem as an inevitable challenge within the corporation.
One trainer, Maggie McConnell, found this “problem” to be her golden opportunity. She too went to the company after college with hopes of finding a worthwhile career.
She was disillusioned, though, by the tedium and lifelessness of computers, emails, memos, and letters. When the company announced they were looking for someone to train new recruits on the company’s general procedures, Maggie volunteered.
She immediately adapted to her new responsibility as though she had slipped on a well-fitting glove. Her first conversation with new employees startles and excites them as they catch the genuine love she has for her position.
In the recent years Maggie has served in that capacity, the new employees have generated greater productivity than ever in the history of the company. They often take a moment to thank Maggie for her contagious love for what she does.