Can hard work be fulfilling? Understanding the opportunities that volunteer and occupational work can present you with.
The word ‘work’ often comes with a groan these days, either from those people that feel trapped in a career that they don’t enjoy, or from the millions of unemployed that simply can’t find a foot on the employment ladder. Work has become a word associated with negativity; it’s assumed to be something difficult and unpleasant, a necessary evil. But as Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” If you are looking for opportunity in your life then work, whether it is for financial gain or to help others, will be a part of that process.
Believing that hard work is a bad thing is a misconception of our society; one that I believe can be broken with just a bit of understanding. You see, it all depends upon your focus. What is the reason for your work?
If the reason you wake up in the early hours of a Monday morning is to trundle along to your job to put in a mediocre effort in order to receive your payslip, then work will never be a joy for you. As American steel magnate Charles M Schwab iterated, “The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.”
Want to find fun in life? Then love your work!
“But I hate my job”, is a common cry from the masses today. If that is your cry also then I suggest you ask yourself why you actually hate your work. Is it boring? Make it interesting by challenging yourself to perform better or to expand your job role through promotion. Is it underpaid? Make yourself invaluable to the company. Is it unfulfilling? Start looking around for other options; it might be a difficult economy, cutbacks may be the norm at present, but many organisations are still willing to hire an individual who will be passionate about their work.
It’s time to stop thinking of work as a source of aggravation, and start enjoying the opportunity to do something for a reward, whether that reward be purely financial or for the delight of seeing your influence help your fellow man. Want to learn more about how you can find additional fulfilment and happiness in your voluntary or occupational job? Check out my eBook now.