Too many of us keep snapping at the alarm clocks, cursing workdays, and hoping for the weekends to arrive as soon as possible. Sometimes our wish to skip work is not just because of our physical fatigue but also of mental lethargy. People often wish they could oft for a change in their job but do not want to compromise their comfort. We believe it is better to continue a job that dries us up than to jump outside the box and seek our dream job. We pity ourselves for being miserably stuck in the rut but our complacence is bigger than our aspirations.
Imagine having to sit in front of the screen for 8-9 long hours, 5-6 days a week, and having to do a job for the rest of your life that doesn’t excite you (or for that matter, make you feel nothing at all). If money would buy us our dreams, would we ever be stuck in a job that only gave us money in return?
Unemployment is an increasingly momentous concern in some parts of the world. Nevertheless, being in a job that doesn’t cater to your self-development, growth and fails to sync with your interest is worse than being unemployed. A job that only gets your bills paid is not and will never be ‘the job’ for you. Your work should not only get you remuneration but also reflect your personality, your belief system, and help you sharpen your skills and learn something new. A job that has you to go against your interests, your aspirations, and your ethics, is going to be a job that sticks out like a sore thumb for the rest of your life.
Here’s why I think I’ll win this case with you if you think a job is a job and doesn’t have to win our love.
1. Fewer burnouts
Stress is a part and parcel of the millennial lifestyle. A day or two without worry seems odd for us. Even though no job promises us a stress-free life, but the job of our admiration will lead us to less frequent burnouts.
Burnouts happen more often when we have to exert a lot of pressure on our mental energy to perform beyond our capacity, or against available resources. A job that we have to keep grinding through against our willingness will burn out more of our mental and physical energy than a job that makes us feel rewarded.
2. Healthy work-life balance
A work that caters to your interests and doesn’t drain you out will leave you with enough mental energy to spend on strengthening your interpersonal relationships. A satisfactory job will ensure you to be in a fresh mindset to balance work and personal life equally well.
If you come home from the office exasperated and worn from a work that frustrates you, you might fume at the slightest of provocation which generally doesn’t bother you much. This will lead to frequent fallouts with friends and arguments with family members, leading to disrupted relationships.
3. Grounds for improvement
A work you love will motivate you to step outside your familiar zone and challenge yourself. This is because you heart the work you do and you want to excel at it. This leaves behind innumerable opportunities to learn and grow. If you are interested in the work, you will be more curious, more zealous, and more active.
A tedious job that you cannot relate to is going to make your life feel stagnant.
4. Surrounded by people of similar interests
It’s quite amusing to be surrounded by people with the same interest as yours. You can exchange ideas, thoughts, and innovations that will further enhance self-development. A group of people with similar interests provides a ground to initiate conversation, enhance communication, and strengthen solidarity among co-workers. The office then becomes a fun place to work at.
5. Increased productivity
How long can you keep yourself engaged in something that you don’t like? When a job excites you, you will give your best to it and set bigger goals for yourself. In such a case, you will have higher expectations from yourself, always striving to outdo the best of your best. And we all know how fulfilling it feels to be able to be productive through the day.
If you merely go to the office to complete tasks and meet deadlines, without fully being involved in the work, you are sure to under-produce.
6. Fewer errors at work
We all know our work well. It’s not a question of credibility but a question of mindfulness. If the job makes you feel bored, you will lack focus. This will unquestionably increase the number of errors in your work and your work speed will fall.
Attention comes with interest. We give more attention to things that captivate our senses.
7. More self-confidence
When you set goals for yourself and successfully reach them, your sense of self-confidence gets heightened. A sense of fulfillment washes over you and you are up for more challenging tasks at work. Your expertise in the work of your choice will ensure you give your best and achieve more. You don’t have to falter while you make decisions at work, as you know your work inside out.
8. smooth creative flow
A person who has a thorough knowledge of the work will seldom have a creative block. If the organization demands you to be resourceful, and here you are struggling not to hate your job, you will never be able to procure creative ideas.
Creativity needs a fresh mind, devoid of any dissonance, to flow smoothly.
Don’t forget to keep your interests in mind next time you search for a job you want to keep. Finding a job is difficult. More difficult is finding a job that you adore. Having a job you love is difficult but having a job you have to love, oh! That’s impossible.