Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life–Confucius said, the world believed and we have always been on a quest to find the work we love.
Almost all of us are disengaged with the work we are currently doing because it isn’t what we love and we are probably doing it as a means to an end, aren’t we?
But let me give you an example of a legend here, the man behind the iconic brand – Apple. Yes, I am talking about Steve Jobs. Imagine if he would have decided to do what he loved and followed his passion–he probably would have been a zen monk.
He, however, chose to discard the old school of thought and claimed,
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
So don’t be caught in the passion trap, says Cal Newport in his book So Good They Can’t Ignore You, and offers up advice about how not following your passions will ultimately lead to satisfaction.
Research also proves that award-winning work is a function of people focusing on what others want you to do. 88% of projects which earned awards began with an employee asking their own version of the question, “What difference could I make that other people would love?” – says The Great Work Study.
So today I am challenging you to use this kick-ass 4E framework to fall in love with your work.
#1–Envision the long-term benefit
I know, asking someone to do so in today’s world of instant gratification is like expecting a miracle. But then this old school thought still prevails.
Instead of looking at what gains you will have now, set your eyes to look at the long-term benefits, you would be having by the virtue of the job you are doing.
Evaluate real benefits in terms of learning that you will have. For whatever reason, if you aren’t satisfied, think of the learnings you should have and strive for it. Think of how can you make the best use of what you are doing to gain the experience and expertise that you might be looking for. This will allow you to ask the right questions at the right time to the right person, thus making the work you do more engaging and eventually satisfying.
#2 – Embrace an artisan’s approach
When you take the do what you love the approach you keep asking, “what do I want”? And in the quest for finding out what you want, you end up ignoring what others really want.
On the contrary, an artisan always asks himself “what others want”? This helps in delivering quality and thus value to the customers.
Thus I encourage you to embrace the artisan’s approach, be aware of what your customers’ wants and constantly strive to deliver value to them.
#3 – Everyone’s your customer
Taking it one level up, you need to treat everyone (and I mean every single person you come across whether at work or otherwise) as your customer.
How does it help?
Well, what do customers have?–Expectations.
When do conflicts arise?–When you do not meet their expectations.
When you treat everyone as a customer, you will ask “what do they want?” every single time and for every single person.
No conflicts, no disengagement, no sweat!
A happy customer is a happy you. You will be motivated to do more eventually falling in love with what you do!
#4 – Enjoy interacting with the people
I have already talked about this in length in yesterday’s challenge. However, I primarily elaborated it from the perspective of professional growth. Today let me also talk about the side effects of having besties at work.
Besties at work will ensure you are engaged with the work you do. The same boring work will suddenly spring to life, when you have people around who care. Interactions with them, the good times spent with them, the memories you will create all of this would eventually lead to a greater engagement with the work you do.
So go ahead, have fun. Enjoy interacting with people.
Loving what you do is the new “do what you love”. Use the above framework and strive to add value to your customers. And as Walt Disney said –
Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work — then try to trump it.