Some people spend their entire life in searching something that offers both passion and purpose simultaneously. Sometimes, after gaining significant skills and abilities, people wonder why they don’t feel successful if they are good at their job. On contrary, there are also people who suddenly stop and speculate that they are just not being themselves even after remarkable achievements. So, this struggle of finding happiness in one’s work keeps rolling in many people’s lives.
World’s most eminent thinkers have previously stressed upon the idea that one should do what he loves. It has been discussed in the earliest writings that we should seek a career which we have a passion for. But even then people feel disengaged with their work, get dissatisfied and experience frustration regarding the work which they were once passionate for. Considering this fact, there is a possibility to flip the notion of doing what you love to loving what you do.
It is a longstanding advice to find a job that one loves and is passionate for. The age-old saying of “Do what you love” has been repeated throughout history. But the trend is gradually transforming into “Loving what you do” in order to do great work. The advice of finding a job that you love can only be applied to those who actually love their jobs or who chose to do a job which they were passionate about. But what about those people who are doing a job which they are not fervent about, they just got into it by-chance, out of financial pressures or as a desperate resort? Is giving up on their current job and pursuing a dream job a healthy move for them? Or instead of being constantly frustrated and unhappy, can they put efforts for searching meaning and source of achievements in their current job? The answer is ‘Yes, they can’. Frustrations, job dissatisfaction, unhappiness and discontent all can be experienced, if people who believe that one should do what they really love doing are put in a situation in which they have to work what they do not like doing. Such people fear getting out of their comfort zone. They feel uneasy when they come across any strange, unfamiliar or different task.
But the situation is different when it comes to those people who possess an opposite notion. Putting oneself into a new and different role, job or task actually has the capacity to stimulate our passion for learning. Opting only for the vocations that people feel passionate towards is all about limiting the options and skills in life that one might have acquired if given a consideration.
This doesn’t imply that we have to settle for something less or away from our dreams. But we should be prepared to take on those unpredicted roles that come our way. And who knows that through hard work and progress, we might find the zeal in what we do, and we not only start enjoying it but actually start loving it.
“Follow your passion” might be the most frequently given career guidance but it is actually not a healthy advice. The concept of following your passion for success was initially introduced in 1970s and then turned into an irrefutable fact later on. In a culture where people are told to convert their passions into money-spinning professions, it’s no surprise that people end up in never-ending professional dissatisfaction and changes in jobs. So, satisfaction towards job is not necessarily related to following your passion. There are various other aspects that can lead us towards professional fulfillment. And the most essential aspect which has to be taken under consideration is learning to love what we do. Loving what we do can be more rewarding than doing what we love. For doing what we love can often be unrealistic, it might not be in demand, and there are more chances that the decision of working on our passion can be emotion-driven. Whereas, loving what we do implies that we have acquired an expertise – a skill which is in demand or is needed and we are being rewarded for what we do.
The problem with people who have a passionate mindset and those who believe in doing what they love is that they keep on asking themselves what they actually want in a job. This quest generates a thought fixation about whether the job which they are doing is right for them or not. Such kind of approach makes them obsessed with every small little detail of what they detest about their work, which is the reason why their satisfaction and well-being regarding their job crash down. While on the other hand, people who believe on skill enhancement and loving what they do function with a different approach. They do not waste time in ruminating about the fact that they are not following their passion. They firmly believe in the fact that quality work is the key to success regardless of whatever field they are in. If a person develops an expertise in any field and as a result enhances the quality of work he does, then it will automatically lead him towards success and triumph which will eventually increase his job satisfaction and sense of happiness. People with this viewpoint always focus on how to enhance the quality of work instead of wasting time in thinking whether the job is right for them or not. They put all of their efforts only in improvement and maintenance of quality work. And for maintenance and improvement one needs to keep on learning and refining the professional skills. However, this mindset of loving what we do is developed with practice and with a deliberate effort of coming out of one’s comfort zone.
Although it is commonly preached about doing what we love yet this phenomenon usually get us nowhere and we will end up getting frustrated. Learning and mastering skills and then improving the quality of work should be the focal point. It will further help us in enjoying our work and developing a satisfying career as well.