“Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
Confucius – 551 to 479 BC
Famed Chinese philosopher, Confucius wrote those words over 2000 years ago but never have they been more meaningful than they are today. The world has changed dramatically since the days of Confucius, to the point that nobody should accept a job they do not enjoy.
If we simply review the events of the twentieth century it is easy to see that mankind has grown and evolved to allow human beings to enjoy the best of everything. The twentieth century saw the First World War, The Second World War, The Korean War and The Vietnam War. The atom bomb, intercontinental ballistic missiles, machine guns and plastic explosive, were all created by twentieth century inventors. Warfare on a world scale became the norm and during the cold war of the sixties, seventies and eighties the world feared that an all-out atomic war might end civilization as we knew it. But all of that has changed…for the better!
Now, in the twenty-first century, the cold war is over and other than some protracted skirmishes in the middle-east and the ongoing threat of terrorism, the world powers have put down their weapons of mass destruction and are working toward a world where life is good for everyone. All over North America, races of all creeds and colors are living and working together with less prejudice and greater tolerance than ever before. Education is available to virtually anyone who wants it and private and public funding is available to ambitious, optimistic entrepreneurs who want the chance to turn their innovative ideas into viable business enterprises. Bill Gates started the Microsoft Corporation in a garage with his partner Paul Allen, eventually turning it into one of the most successful businesses in the world and making Gates and Allen two of the richest men in the world. True to Confucius, they found the job they loved and I suspect that in their minds, they never worked a day in their lives. Like the founders of Microsoft, your dreams are attainable! This is the best time in the history of the world for you to find the best job for you!
Entrepreneurship is not for everyone but no matter what you do or who you work for, you have the right to be happy. All people do not have the inclination, skill or drive to start and run their own business, but everyone has some sort of talent or skill that is driven by their own internal motivation. Those talents and skills will add value to the right employer if you choose your job wisely. The challenge that many people face is that they are willing to settle for a job that is in no way, shape or form suited to their natural talents, skills or motivations. When people settle for a job they don’t like, they become unsettled internally. Many people become unhappy, frustrated, bored, depressed or even angry from just the thought of having to go to work every morning. Many people exhibit bad behaviour and negative attitudes at work, inflicting their lack of job satisfaction on others. The saddest part of this is that many of those people never give any real thought to what is making them unhappy. They simple accept the fact that their life is lacking something and carry on settling until they retire or die. Ultimately, their dissatisfaction will spill out all over every facet of their life and they will begin to find fault everywhere they go. For those people, a life of being miserable becomes an ingrained lifestyle and some even embrace their misery as a badge of honour. “Woe is me!” You know the type!
Stop the madness! Sort out what you like to do; what you are good at; what makes you happy; and then find a job you love. The perfect job is out there for you if you have the courage to go looking for it. If you don’t know where your strengths lie, do a skill and talent assessment survey to pinpoint what motivates you. Stop blaming your employer for your lack of job satisfaction and either work with him or her to change your job to suit you or quit and find something that does suit you. You have no one to blame but yourself if you are unsatisfied or unhappy at work. If you choose to stay in a job you don’t like you will have the hardest job on earth!
Remember Confucius: “Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s up to you!