Recent polling of over 1,000 adults shows that now, more than ever, people from all walks of life are unhappy in their jobs. That is, they are displeased with their supervisors, apathetic about their organization and disconnected from the tasks they are paid to do. Perhaps the reason for this troubling news is because too many people follow myths concerning work and happiness.
The first myth that holds untrue is do what you love and the money will follow. This idea ignores the fact that succeeding in anything requires a great deal of uncertainty. There is always a certain amount of risk in any situation. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue your dreams, just realize the journey will have both ups and downs. What you need to do is think in terms of fulfillment. That is, do what you love and enjoyment will follow and do what you love and you will feel more fulfilled.
No doubt you have heard the saying, “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Not true. Your passion, what you love to do most, suddenly feels different when it becomes something you have to do to earn a paycheck. We tend to best enjoy the things we feel we are doing by our choice. Our idea of what we love comes to us in romantic images, but this isn’t the reality of the situation. To better cope, we need to realize that even when on the most enjoyable path, there will be ups and downs.
The road to happiness begins with utilizing our career assessment tools. To be happy in your career, you need to find one that fits you.