What Makes You Say: “I Love My Job!”

What Makes You Say: I Love My Job

 

Steve Jobs was passionate about Apple. He loved, loved, LOVED his work!

Can you say the same thing? Can you say, “I love my job”?

“I Love My Job!”

According to Jobs, being able to say “I love my job” comes from:

  • Pursuing big ideas that excite you
  • Solving problems that are important to you
  • Finding solutions that make a difference

Without these, a job is just a job. Work lacks meaning. And the likelihood you’ll stay commitment to the work is slim.

One other thing. Notice that money, position, power, and prestige are not what made Jobs passionate about his work. He loved his work because of the purpose behind his work. Money, position, power, and prestige were all byproducts of pursuing his purpose, but they were never part of his purpose. A result of his purpose? Yes. The reason behind his purpose? No.


Questions:

If you love your work, what is it about your job that makes you say, “I love my job”?

If you don’t love your work, what do you think would need to change in order for you to say, “I love my job”?

photo by: hozinja

 

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    After 12 years of hating my jobs, I can finally say I LOVE my job. I love to travel to new and foreign countries to speak, I love being feee, having location independence, that’s how our family is moving to Hawaii. I love working with people and helping them make their dreams their reality. I LOVE my job!

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      It’s been fun to watch your journey, Kimanzi!

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

    Kent, I loved some jobs that I had but recently after being laid off over 1 year and a half ago, I think I hated upper management more than the job itself. I think the policies and politics got to me. So I’ve been liberated over these past year or so. Its a daily cleansing process.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      Lincoln…one of the great things about being an entrepreneur is if your tired of upper management, you only have to look within to change it :)

  • http://www.LeaderOwnerMindset.com/ Greg L. Gilbert

    I ran into a friend recently that knew I had retired from HR but also knew that I was doing keynotes and manager seminars. She asked me why I’m doing what I’m doing? She said “you’re retired, why are you doing that?

    I answered for me as well as her;

    1. I love what I do.
    2. HR, leadership and management have been my life for years and I feel I am good at it.
    3. I feel I am making a contribution and possibly preserving livelihoods by improving leadership.
    4. They give me money.

    I really enjoyed the “deer in the headlights” look when I asked her; “isn’t that why YOU do what you do?”

    I’m so thankful for her question because it made me think and remind myself of this fact. Thanks for the blog Kent as it did the same.

    This question has become part of my program because when I think back to particular jobs that I did only for the money, 1,2 and 3 were non-existent.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      Great insight, Greg!

  • Stefanie O’Brien

    I am in transition out of a job I don’t love- however I took some action to make my current job more enjoyable in the transition. What my true love and passion is coaching my peers to uncover their purpose and apply it daily to meaningful, fulfilling and prosperous life work. I love to inspire my Gen Y generation to be leaders, entrepreneurs, and to create the life they want. It’s hard work but you are right- it’s the passion that fuels you to keep going and stick to it.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      So glad you stop by, Stefanie. I love the fact that you’ve taken action to make your current job more enjoyable and that you’re pursuing work you truly love as well. In both cases, you are taking ownership. Outstanding!