So, I saw this quote from Steve Jobs today, and it got me thinking.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
I really truly believe that there are lot of different ways that you can define loving your work. It’s not a simple prospect, it has an awful lot of complexity to it.
- You can love the work itself. You can truly feel passionate about the actual thing you’re doing. It’s something you’ve always loved, and you followed that to a career. Awesome. I think this is what we all wanted work to be like our whole lives and a few people like Steve Jobs got to actually be mega-successful by following their hearts. It’s like being able to play golf for a living, that sounds amazing.
- You can love the output of your work. So you aren’t so passionate about the process of getting there, but the thing you produce is the best thing ever. Maybe you make Ferrari, and the corporate discount leaves you beaming daily. Maybe you teach kids and watching them graduate leaves you fulfilled.
- You can love the people you work with. Maybe you are new to a big city and you have a fun group of people to socialize with in your coworkers. Maybe you have people in the trenches with you that have your back.
- You can love how your work makes you feel. Maybe it’s the acclaim, maybe it’s the warm fuzzy feeling from helping people
- You can love that it doesn’t interfere with your life. This one is simple, a job that allows you to pay the bills and follow your other passions.
Being happy with what you do is important. The way that plays out is unique to the individual.
We put so much pressure on ourselves that sometimes we miss what’s right in front of us. Love your work on your own terms.