You know those people…the ones who come home after work and spend the rest of their evening complaining about how awful their job is. I’m sure everyone knows someone that fits this description, whether it’s a friend, significant other, or a family member. Or, even worse, you fit this description. If that’s the case, here are 4 reasons why it’s important to love your job!
- You spend a lot of time at work.
Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time at work. If I had to take a guess, an average person probably spends over half of their waking hours at the workplace. This is reason number one why it is extremely important to love what you do. If you are a person who hates your job, consider this: You probably spend over half your waking hours unhappy. That’s no way to live. When choosing a career path, really evaluate and consider what you enjoy doing most and apply this to a career. For those currently employed and hating their jobs…FIND A NEW ONE! A career you love will make a world of difference when it comes to your overall happiness.
- It’s good for your health.
Having a career you love is extremely good for your health. Think about it…if you spend your daymiserable at a job you can’t stand it will cause you a lot of stress. While stress can be positive for our bodies, sometime there are negative effects.WebMD says “Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping.” This is why it’s important to pursue a career you will enjoy and look forward to everyday. If spending a day doing something you hate can lead to health problems, it’s not worth it.
- It increases confidence, motivation, and happiness.
Think about it. If you go into work every morning with a smile on your face, knowing that you’re going to be spending your day doing something you love it just makes sense that you would feel more confident and motivated. In a blog written by D.P. Noe, it explains that “Confidence is a necessary component of anyone looking for success in their career.” Employers look for candidates who are passionate about the opportunity and motivated to succeed every day. Having a career you love also leads to happiness. If you hate your job, you most likely also bring some of that unhappiness home with you. This can lead to unhappiness in other parts of your life as well. Basically, the bottom line is that finding confidence, motivation, and happiness in your career will benefit other aspects of your life as well.
- You deserve it.
Last, but definitely not least, you should pursue a career you love because you deserve it. Don’t sellyourself short. No one deserves to spend their day doing something they don’t enjoy. If you hate what you do then you’re likely to lack fulfillment in your career. You’ll constantly watch the clock and count down the hours until it’s time to go home. Time is valuable, and it makes no sense to waste yours thinking about everything else you would rather be doing than your job. In order to be sure you end up with a career you love, really assess your passions and what you enjoy doing most. Figure out how your skills can be applied to that passion and make a career out of it.
Article by Kaity Norcross