Steve Jobs was a man who loved his job 100% of the time, even on the rough days. He spent the majority of his life indulged in work that in turn produced a legacy of simple, elegant designs that changed the world of technology forever. Undoubtedly, having the drive and passion for his work that so many people lack is what made him so successful.
We all have days where we dislike our job; that’s inevitable. We spend more time in our office than we do at home. So, shouldn’t our work be enjoyable? Something we’re passionate about; something we were born to do? What if Steve Jobs had decided to own a restaurant instead of pursue a career as an innovator? The world as we know it would be a completely different place. A lack of passion in a job is a common occurrence that some of us may not realize could hinder our performance, ultimately hurting our chances of success in the long run.
U.S. News & World Report recently unveiled an article about the success that results from people loving what they do for a living. The article goes into detail about what can happen when people love what they do for a living:
They Try Harder
When people find that they truly love their work, they often try harder because they have enthusiasm for the task at hand. “You do the work and that energizes you, which in turn means that you have more energy to put into doing the work. It keeps feeding itself like a perpetual motion machine,” states the article. It’s true. If someone feels that they’ve accomplished something that has meaning, they’ll want to work harder to do it again.
They Feel Confident
Isn’t it a rush when someone needs help and you have the solution? It makes you feel good doesn’t it? It should be that way about your job too. The article states, “Doing work you don’t enjoy is like trying to be who you’re not. You might be able to do it, even do it well, but it doesn’t come naturally for you. You will always feel more confident doing what comes naturally.”
They’re More Persistent
Persistence comes with being optimistic about a job. If people are generally affected by a little bump in the road, it could ultimately affect their productivity. “The odds that you are going to create a great career for yourself without running into trouble along the way are slim to none. Passion feeds persistence,” the article says. This goes back to the confidence issue, bumps and bruises are part of the package, but passion will outweigh them all.
They Have More Energy
Sometimes, people start to stress over their work. Their momentum is gone and they don’t feel like they have anywhere to go. You feel that your passion is gone and that you want to change things up and do something different. If you are doing what you love, then it will energize you – give you adrenaline. You’ll have a drive to work towards your passion.
They Enjoy Their Life
Do you have that friend that just starts complaining about work all of the time? Does your spouse come home in a bad mood and you can’t figure out why? People who love what they do don’t come home and complain about work. They come home excited and they have a feeling of accomplishment. Working on something they are passionate about doesn’t dampen their moods, it brightens it!
Steve Jobs once said, “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Today, take advice from one of the greatest innovators of our time; put your all into your work. The key is to make sure that what you are putting your work into is, in return, bringing you happiness and a sense of accomplishment.