"The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs, founder of Apple
At times we have to consider jobs because they are something we can do, not always because they’re what we really want to do. Because of this, our relationship with our job might not be 'love at first sight', but it is still possible to fall in love with the job you do.
Why does falling in love with your job make a difference?
When you love your job, you care about it more and enjoy what you do, so it stops being work. If you learn to love what you do, you become better at it, and become more successful. Behaviours and attitudes spread quickly: if you love your job and you’re doing well at work you will be making your workplace a happier and better place to be for everyone.
Falling in love with your job
Sometimes love needs to be nurtured and if you haven't found it yet, it's still waiting to be discovered. What can you do?
Reflect: Identify the areas of your job that are doing something for you. What things are stopping you from loving what you do.
Understand: Think about your needs, and the skills and knowledge that you already have. What would you like to develop?
Search: Seek fulfilment in what you are doing, no matter how small the task: take pride in everything you do, even when sometimes you might not feel that effort is recognised. Do it because it's worth doing the best job you can do.
Specialise: Whatever you are doing, become the best at doing it. Get feedback from others about what you do, and how you do it. Be open to the opportunity to do what you do in different ways, and do it with a fresh perspective.
Just like any relationship, falling in love with your job can take time, patience and also compromise. No job is perfect, but continually striving to make it better is the foundation for genuine passion, creativity and understanding.