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9 Ways To Be Happy With The Career You Lead

9 Ways To Be Happy With The Career You Lead

Happiness is the ultimate goal, isn’t it? So no matter how much success you find financially or through status, you should truly be happy with the career you have. However, the ingredients to happiness aren’t always obvious. Lifehack tries to make them a little clearer with an article about covering eight ways to be happy with the career you lead.

1. Earn Respect

If you’re hated around the office, good luck being happy with the career you’re in. To have a job that you enjoy, make an effort to earn the respect of everyone in the workplace, whether they be your peer or boss or underling. Whoever they are, their opinion of you is going of affect your day, though not necessarily in an obvious way. Don’t suck up or be fake but make sure people have a real reason to like you.

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2. Respect Your Teammates

To be happy with the career you lead you have to be among the kinds of people you’ll be proud to work with. I said teammates instead of co-workers because to feel fulfilled your output should feel like real team effort.

3. Have Something To Look Forward To Every Day

Financial success only means so much if 40+ hours a week you’re doing work that doesn’t satisfy you. Make sure that everyday you’re doing something that you enjoy and that fulfills you. It can be something to do to get started with your workday, a pick-me-up halfway through it, or a reward for finishing a hard day’s work. Whenever you do that one task, make sure to take the time to enjoy it.

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4. Have Some Control Over Your Schedule

Obviously the majority of workers can’t pick and choose when they work, but do your best to have some flexibility. Jobs where you have different shifts every week, such as being a waitress or a supermarket employee, aren’t right for most people. Make sure you can at least know when you’ll be working most days.

5. Keep Leveling Up

Success isn’t staleness. You should be consistently if not constantly moving up the ladder so that you keep reaching new heights. To be happy with your career, keep pushing yourself closer to the top of the mountain. WARNING: Do use a ladder to try to climb a mountain.

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6. Be Good At Your Job

If you suck at what you do, you won’t be happy with the career you lead. Even if your output is passable to your superiors, make sure that you really are skilled at what you’re getting paid for, or else you’ll never really feel fulfilled.

7. Work For A Company That Supports You

A lot of companies are solely about the bottom line, leaving little room for emotions to come into play. If that kind of business works for you then great, but at least make sure they have your back. If you can’t work for a company that will get behind you no matter what, at least work for a company that finds you indispensable.

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8. Get Paid Fairly

You’re probably not going to be happy if you’re making minimum wage. The problem isn’t even totally about the struggle to pay for living expenses; it’s the fact that you’re being being undervalued by your employer. Climb out of the low-pay hole that employer put you in either by angling for a raise, finding a better job in the same industry, or looking for a new career path entirely.

9. Have An Impact

If you’re just pushing papers around, you’re too interchangeable to feel like you’re actually important to your company. Make sure that at least some of what you do everyday is stuff that can only be done by you.

Featured photo credit: Vase Petrovski via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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