How can I love my job?
The key to loving your job is to ask yourself one simple question: "What is my biggest strength?"
Think about it - so many people are in jobs they hate because they haven’t found their one true passion.
I’m reading a book now about Richard Feynman, the Nobel Prize winning physicist. In it, he speaks about how important it is to work hard and finding what you love doing.
We’ll be in our careers for over 30 years. 60% of our non-sleeping hours are spent in the office working.
Doesn’t it make sense to really invest effort in finding exactly what it is we’re great at? And then finding the right job that leverages on these strengths (which in turn will earn us a lot of money because we’re effective at these jobs)
60% of your life depends on it!!
The key to finding your biggest strength is to be self-aware. That’s really hard.
So here’s what I suggest:
Find some time on a weekend and read every email, letter or note someone wrote you, talking about your accolades or failures. Read all of them. And as you read, ask yourself "Which of my skills am I consistently praised for?" And on the flipside: what do people continuously say you are bad at?
It may take hours. It may take you the entire weekend. But by the end of it, you’ll have a much clearer picture of your strengths.
You'll then know how to take the next career step.
A beautiful life takes years to build. Take it one step at a time.