Love what you do and do what you love

14 February 2018

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“Love what you do and do what you love” is a well-known saying.  I use it often when coaching and often wonder how many of us have found love in our work (am sure many have found love at work but that’s another story!). 

If you are not in love with your job, why not?  How often do we settle for a good salary or a convenient commute or, or, or… the list is endless?  Why settle?  We spend much of our time at work, so why not make it count? 

Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  Whilst I agree with this, I know for some of us this isn’t an easy task.  You may have to kiss a few frogs until you find your Prince!  I say, set realistic expectations; if for whatever reason you can’t take the jump into the new and unknown, then think about what differences you can make in your job now to give you more satisfaction.  What is it about your job that you don’t love?  What is it about your job that you do that people appreciate the most?  Just like getting a friend to put your profile on a dating site; ask friends and colleagues for their input into what they feel would be a great job for you. Perhaps in asking you will get some feedback to feel more appreciated in the here and now. 

Most of us will be working on Valentine’s Day and whilst for some, it will be an occasion to collect flowers from reception and for others a time to argue with their partner because they forgot again.  Whatever it is for you, why don’t you show some more love in work today.  Give your colleagues some positive feedback; share the love!

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