I wonder how many people working can associate with this phrase?
How many people simply do what’s expected from them but do not get any joy from doing so, simply doing it as a way to a means?
We are all familiar with the phrase: Love what you do and never work a day again!
This is easier said than done. So what if you DON’T love what you’re doing?
We all have aspects of our daily tasks which we love and hate. I believe the secret is to focus on the aspects you love and make sure that you do it exceptionally well – from this you will be energized.
Deal with the aspects you don’t like as quickly and efficiently as possible, to avoid them draining your energy and diverting your focus to obtaining success.
Once these tasks have been completed, you can focus on what you love and are naturally good at.
The official unemployment rate in South Africa stands at 35.3%. I believe it’s closer to around 50%. It is horrendous to realise that about half of the population in South Africa cannot obtain work and earn an honest income.
Unemployment amongst the youth amounts to 66.5%. I cannot imagine being a youngster in this country, knowing that the odds are against you in getting a job. What a hopeless situation!
Another aspect adding to unemployment is the quality of education. Some people are simply unemployed, due to poor education.
So where does this leave many people? Doing a job they simply hate but at least creates an income.
To counter this and not kill your soul doing something you hate, you need to create a space where you earn a living while feeding your soul and contributing to your employer, being a valued employee.
- Find the bits you’re good at and excel in it
- Create small, bite-sized goals and tick them off as you reach them
- Make sure that you do something you LOVE every day!
- Just do it!
- Celebrate wins
- Surround yourself with positive people – AND BE ONE!
So, can your work be your passion? I believe it can. It might not be your dream job, but there will be aspects which you do love and enjoy.
Make this your focus. This might lead to your passion!
Alma Darlington (CEO)