What do you think of when I say the word job?

A person’s job is their role in society. A job is an activity, often regular and performed in exchange for payment.

That’s how Wikipedia defines a job. Most people in the western world don’t like their job. according to Deloitte’s 2016 shift index, that number is around 87%.

The fact that we as people have “jobs” seems odd to me. This might be a bit hypocritical coming from me (since I currently have a “job”) but intuitively it feels that if we pursue the things that interest us, and that we like doing, it won’t feel as a “job”.

What do you think of when I say the word job?

When I hear the word “job” what comes to my mind is work that we have to be doing in order to pay the bills and keep living. I bet that I’m not the only one that has this association. But there is a different type of a job out there.

the Chinese philosopher, Confucius said:

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

And he was spot on. The meaning seems straightforward. Choose something like to be doing, and the work you will do won’t feel as a “job”, but you would actually like what you are doing.




This implies that there are two types of work:

  1. a type of work that we do for a living – this type of work usually drains us as most of us compromise in our line of work and choose jobs that aren’t fulfilling
  2. a type of work that brings us energy and that we like to be doing. This type doesn’t feel like work at all

So basically the way we view work depends on our point of view. If we like what we do, then it’s not work at all, otherwise, its hard labor.

And that’s exactly what Confucious says. We already know in our hearts and minds if what we do is a “job” or not. And if it’s a “job”, then the work we put in, feels like toil rather than a fulfilling way for us to express ourselves and do good. And if we are not fulfilled by what we do on a daily basis, it’s a matter of time until we are drained.

Do you like what you do?

What is your job? Are you doing what you love to be doing, or do you have a day-job that pays the bills while you are keeping your dream barely alive and on hold?

If the former is true for you, tap yourself on the back. Most of the people hate their job for various reasons, and you are not one of them.

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If the latter is correct I invite you to take some time for yourself and think about what is it you really like to be doing. What is it that won’t feel like a “job” when you wake up every morning doing it. This doesn’t have to be something concrete at first. Even if you have just a vague idea at the moment, it’s great since you could build on that and invest more time into crystallizing what it is you want to be doing.

just think of one of your hobbies for example. How great would that be if you would get paid to do it, huh? Can you imagine that? That good feeling you feel right about now, That’s how fun life can be.

The point here is to visualize yourself doing what it is that interest you for a long period of time. And see how it feels. We have the amazing capacity as human beings to create future memories (i.e. know how we would feel in the future) so use this in advance to answer yourself of how it would feel to be doing what it is you want to be doing 10 years from now.

So the bottom line is if you don’t like the job you are in, just start doing what you love.

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