Do You Love Your Job?
Now is a moment to reflect: Are you happy at your job? If you are, great! If not, it may be worth taking a look at this article to find out why and what to do about it.
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Do you love your job? I am sure that you have thought of this question before, or perhaps someone might have asked you this question. I agree that it is a simple question, and it has simple words in it. But were you able to answer that? If you have never tried to answer that, please try now. If you have a satisfying answer within you, then that is amazing. Unfortunately, if you can’t answer that positively or are uncertain, please read this post.
If you want to see some tips to become a successful software engineer, I strongly recommend that you read my post here. Until now, I've worked with many companies, including startups and multinational companies. After joining a company, I asked this question “Do I love this job?”, “Is it what I am capable of?”, and “Is this work challenging me?” Sometimes, the answer to these questions came in the form of my resignations. In this 7-year span, I have learned a few things, and I am happy to share that information with you all. You can always see the articles related to career advice here.
Do You Love Your Job?
I am always passionate about great quotes, and a few words can really change your life. So let me start with some quotes.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it." — Steve Jobs
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." –Anonymous
Here in this post, I am going to share a few questions and by answering them, you will be able to identify whether you love your job or not.
Starting With Monday
We all know that a week starts from Monday, and for many people, Monday is as boring as the truth. So my question to you here is, in the last 30 working days, how many days have you felt happy or enthusiastic to go to the office? There is a reason why I chose 30 days in the question; I really want to know how much you love or hate your job. Now, if your answer is above 15, then you are doing perfect and you don’t need to read this article, though I wish you would still read until the end.
But what if your answer is below 10 or even less than 5? Then you are not going in the right direction, and you may need to fix that as soon as possible. Because if you wait too long, you'll be losing the best parts of your life.
9 Hours a Day
The average time we spent in the office daily is 9 hours, with some people working more than 12 hours, and some less than 7 hours. Let’s stick to 9 hours for now. In that 9 hours, how many hours are you happy? Are you satisfied? If you can count at least 5 hours, then it is very good. But anything less than 4 hours, and you may consider that you are wasting half of your life. You are trading yourself in a wrong way.
“I” Less, “We” More
You are in a company and you are not the only one who works for the company. You will be able to meet many employees just like you. They work, they spend time, they laugh, etc. Are you happy with your colleagues? Are they treating you well? How about you, are you treating your colleagues well? We are human beings and we have different characters, but being professional in the professional world is as important as going for a job.
Are there any people in your team who are always bullying others? Are they criticizing you? If there are too many negative thoughts or behaviors on your team, that will have an impact on your life. If you are part of such a team, and you think that they have crossed boundaries already, it may be time to move. Go search for another team within the company or find a new one.
Remember, “we” is always stronger than “I.” Always give your helping hands to ones who need it.
Ends with A Smile
It is tough to smile every day when you walk out from the office. And I know how hard it is, as each day we are going through different circumstances. Here my advice to you is: try to smile each day when you leave the office, and if you are able to do that wholeheartedly at least 3 times in 5 days, it is fine. But if it is less than 3, you are not living your life, and if you are not happy while you leave office, the sadness you carry with can impact your personal life, too, as well as thos who are waiting for you when you get home.
The weekend is the time where we spend time on the things we love or are passionate about, so if you can relate those weekend activities to your profession and you love to implement those in your work, then it is great. But if not, you should really look what your passion is, and what you are capable of. To find out more, please read my post, "One Tip Which Can Boost Your Career to The Next Level."
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Thanks a lot for reading. I may add a few more points to this article soon. I will come back with another post on the same topic very soon. Did I miss anything that you may think which is needed? Could you find this post as useful? I hope you liked this article. Please share your valuable suggestions and feedback.
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