Updated: Jul 12, 2021
If you do an internet search for the phrase why don’t I love my job, you will find over 216,000,000 keyword results! That’s an astonishingly high number. Considering that the internet is only about 30 years old, it identifies a prolific, market-wide epidemic when it comes to people being happy with their jobs. The tragedy of all of this is that it doesn't have to be this way.
86% percent of today’s workforce are not-engaged in their current job, according to a recent
Gallup Poll. For most people, they get stuck in a rut because they don’t know what truly drives them. They wake up, go to work, trudge through the day, go to bed and repeat. Imagine the potential if these people could be truly inspired by their life’s work. They’d look forward to waking up each day, optimistic about what that day brings and be ready to take on the world. And at least they’d be more productive.
Just like the person who decides to improve their health by eating better and exercising, a person can improve their job prospects with a little work on the front end. For me, these nine things (ten is so cliche) helped me convert from an uninspiring career to find a great working environment that brought out the best of what I had to offer. Everyone has different values and things that drive them, but these are the things that worked for me, and hopefully they can act as a guide or resource to help others in a similar position.
Know yourself first
The initial step for any person taking their personal journey to happiness is to understand themselves first. Many people go through the motions every day without ever taking the time to dig deep to ask some very important questions. Taking time for some much needed introspection can yield life-changing answers. Knowing what drives them and makes them truly happy is an important place to start. If a person can align their drivers or motivators with what they do for work and fun, they will find themselves energized, balanced and loving life.
Put reasonable effort into it
Some people feeling less than thrilled with their current situation may look for quick fixes to their problems. Many people rely on self-help books to try to break out of their funk. But just like treating an ailment with aspirin