Here´s an article that I find interesting. I read it a while ago, but I haven´t shared it until now because I haven´t been able to decide whether I agree with it or not. The idea is that you don´t necessarily need to love your job to do it well. We´re told that our pursuit should be of a job that we love, but the article suggests that that may not be as important as we have made it in our minds and in the mythology of our world. That will be good news for the large majority (my guess) of people out there that really don´t love there job. It´s also a crucial question for productivity because, so the theory goes, we are more productive when we are happy and passionate about what we do.
I said that I was unsure whether I agreed with the article because I hate the idea that we might find ways to settle for something that is less than what we ultimately want. That being said, the article makes an outstanding point. It makes the obvious yet profound point that it is more important to be passionate about how you are doing the job than it is to be passionate about the job itself. Even the most dreamiest of dream jobs has parts of it that are truly unpleasant, and even the worst possible job has some element of it that is enjoyable. The trick is that so much of the enjoyment of a job comes from your mindset. It is as simple as this — you can enjoy a job and be passionate about your performance in that job if you decide you are going to like a job and be passionate about your performance in it.
If you set your mind to being passionate about the way you work you will work harder, you will get more done, and you will be more productive as you work. It´s as simple as that. In theory. The move from that theory to practice is a big jump, but that´s for another day. Read the article. It will make you think. It’s definitely an idea we’ll be revisiting.