Loving what you do is an…

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…ongoing process.

It’s a relationship that takes work. Just like you have to work at your marriage, your friendships, and yourself, there is no escaping the process of career development.

I fell into the trap of trying to create a static love for my work. I didn’t consider the fact that it’s a relationship like any other. I wanted to feel good all the time. This is impossible.

Letting go of a fixed perspective is the quickest way to enjoy what you do.

Even when you love what you do, you still need to develop new emotional skills, new physical skills, and new relationships with the work and your people.

Think:

“How can I improve my happiness by just 1% today?”

“What actions can I take?”

“Who can I help?”


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Comments

  1. Karl,
    I like to think of it as “all part of the journey”. And in that thinking – our journey is one that never ends, and is constantly changing (even when it all might seem pretty “the same”).

    And – I LOVE the idea of the 1% happiness upswing! Just think – 1% is so small, that should be do-able, right! And then if we can just keep building on that…wow!!!!

  2. 1% happier – oh, that’s so freeing. Thank you. And I totally agree about he work in progress thing. I am about to finish 9 years in my career as a teacher (and finally taking the chance to start a new career). I knew from the very first year that teaching wasn’t going to be my dream job, and what followed was some pretty unhappy work years. But in the past three years, I cultivated joy in a job I knew I wanted out of. It was definitately focused work – mostly work on my belief systems – to make this the reaity, but it was so worth it. It’s really cool to be moving out of this career with such posiitve feelings rather than running away screaming. 🙂

  3. Hi Karl,
    How can I improve 1%…no comparing, no complaining!

  4. Hi Karl

    Yes, great thoughts, all great things evolve as we change and they are work in progress.

    I love taking that approach to all parts of life – great advice!

  5. Great Post. Thanks I just finished seeing Vineet Nayar post on “Taking charge of your career” http://www.vineetnayar.com/taking-charge-of-your-career/ and then I saw yours.

  6. Hi Karl,
    This “Letting go of a fixed perspective is the quickest way to enjoy what you do” is what struck a chord with me. Because it applies to my job as well as my hobbies, and my entire life. Even within my current position, I may choose to learn new skills, new process, something new to enliven it a bit. I can define and redefine my role according to my own transformations in life. Just as I am fluid, my roles may have fluidity as well. I love it–thank you!

  7. I agree that loving what you do is partially a decision and perspective. Although, miserable workers also may not be in a job they are fit for. We have certain talents and strengths and are most satisfied when these are leveraged in our work. Check out this blog: http://www.75million.com

  8. I was exactly looking for a positive article! 1% happier!
    Thanks