The Simply Luxurious Life®: 17 Reasons to Love Your Work  

August 22, 2011

17 Reasons to Love Your Work

“I don’t like work – no [one] does – but I like what is in the work, the chance to find yourself.  Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – what no other [human being] can ever know.”

Heart of Darkness by author Joseph Conrad found in Chic & Slim Toujours by Anne Barone

Work and play. Sometimes equated to bad and good, or sad and happy, or boring and fun, or restrictive and free. The idea being we shouldn’t look forward to work or enjoy it all that much because well . . . that would be crazy to enjoy something you have to do! Or would it be?

Beginning with Generation X and continuing on to subsequent generations, the message has always been – find your passion and you won’t have to work a day in your life. While it is vital that we discover what makes us perk up, remained engrossed for hours when others would have clocked out long before, it is also important to be reminded that even when we love our jobs, there will be aspects or times when it’s not easy.  After reading an article in the Sunday Style section of the New York Times a few weeks ago, I was reminded of something that must always be kept in mind.  Often our “dream” job will keep us far busier than our 9-5 job that while not as satisfying, puts food on the table. Ironically enough, all but one of the workers interviewed in this article still enjoyed and preferred their dream job over their previous job despite the extra time and often less pay that came with it.

Why is that? How could someone possibly choose to work more hours than are required? Quite simply, once you discover your purpose and then a way to offer it to others to earn money for your life while aiding your customers’ lives – it’s a win, win - a grand, somewhat elusive marriage that is seen, at least in my yes, as a gift and shouldn’t be lightly tossed aside.

Along the road to discovering a job that creates this connection, you will work jobs that are difficult to be inspired about.  I look back on all of the summer, college and side jobs I had prior to the career I am now in and I am thankful, because as I’ve listed below, there is value and something to be appreciative of in any work you are involved in, whether it is your dream job or the job that will lead to your dream job.  First and for most these jobs help you to appreciate the next job you want to seek when you land it, but they also teach you how to work hard, pay your dues and not take anything for granted. Always look for the lesson, but also know that loving work is not something to feel guilty about because it allows you to live the life of your dreams, may introduce you to people who will be a part of your life for many years to come and has the potential to leave a legacy that will never be forgotten.

17 Reasons to Love Your Work:

1. A means to pay the bills

2. Gain independence

3. Access to new opportunities

4. A routine that helps establish peace of mind

5. The ability to afford your hobbies and favorite pastimes

6. The ability to provide a service that helps others

7. Non-monetary benefits (health care, paid vacations, free access to special events, insider’s knowledge, paid sick leave, etc)

8. A vessel to learn and expand understanding

9. A place to interact with diverse people and build social relationships – networking, possible friendships, etc.

10. A means to challenge yourself

11. Opportunity to test your skills

12. Potential for building confidence

13. A place to learn about yourself – your strengths, your weaknesses and how to overcome or improve them

14. Access to possible mentors

15. Paid lunches and/or breaks

16. Learning how to work with a variety of different personalities

17. Experience that will help you appreciate where you want to be once you arrive

“Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

-Johnny Carson

Related posts:

*Why Not . . . Work Hard?

*Why Not . . . Have a Luxurious Work Day?

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At August 22, 2011 at 2:34 AM , Blogger Plami said...

Such a great post! I agree with every single word you say! Currently I am looking for a job but being a full time student doesn't really help ...


At August 22, 2011 at 5:14 AM , Blogger Kay said...

Words to the wise, Shannon! I sent this along to several pals of mine who are currently hunting for a job. I think that while it's wonderful to look for a job that's your life's work, it's also necessary to recognize the reality of sometimes having to work a less-than-ideal job to pay the rent. Thanks for being one of the view writers who acknowledge that not-very-glamorous truth!

At August 22, 2011 at 6:55 AM , Anonymous Rebecca said...

I absolutely love this article. There is so much to gain from having a job, that I don't think many people realize. I also love the last quote. I just lost my job ... but I hated it and my bosses could tell! The best thing they did for me was give me the opportunity to find something I am passionate about. Now, I'm working hard on my blog and loving every minute of it.


At August 22, 2011 at 7:08 AM , Blogger All Glam Things said...

I really enjoyed first quote! Made me think! I have to agree on trying different things and experiences in order to find your true passion!
I like to say to myself: "Keep trying and you'll get there"!



At August 22, 2011 at 8:30 PM , Blogger LR @ Magnificent or Egregious? said...

Good post, it is important to remember these things, especially on trying work days....and on a fun note, I love the dress & shoes Meg Ryan is wearing in the photo!

At August 22, 2011 at 11:12 PM , Blogger 7dayholiday said...

Great post! I am working from home...and I really miss the networking and camaraderie at an office right now.


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