On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love your job?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you dislike your job?
If you scoffed at the first question and answered the second in a heartbeat, it might be time to rethink your career. You may question why, when you’re earning a living and it pays the bills. But you shouldn’t accept or stay in a job merely for financial gain; here are five reasons why it’s crucially important that you enjoy what you do for a living.
- It’s a huge part of your life
Whether you want to admit it or not, your job plays a leading role in your everyday life. There are plenty of scary statistics out there detailing how much of our lives are spent at our desks – according to a number of sources we spend a total of 99,117 hours of our life span at work, and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) we spend a third of our lives working! Obviously, that’s rather a lot, so it’s clear you should be in a role you enjoy, otherwise you’ll spend a substantial proportion of your life feeling miserable and stuck in a rut.
- It helps you find a purpose
Working is about so much more than earning money. Of course the financial reward is a necessity and one of the major reasons we work, but it’s also about discovering your interests and what makes you tick, pushing yourself to your limits, achieving your ambitions and giving yourself a purpose. Feeling as though you are spending your time in a valuable and worthwhile manner can boost your drive and self-confidence, which can easily transfer over into other areas of your life. It’s a win-win situation!
- It keeps you healthy
Both your physical and your mental health can be impacted by your attitude to your career: if you are unhappy and stressed out day in day out, your state of mind along with any physical symptoms can deteriorate fast. Being in a job you love can keep your stress levels low, fending off conditions like anxiety, depression and high blood pressure.
- It strengthens your relationships
This is true of your relationships both at and outside of work. If you’re not passionate about what you do and don’t make as much effort as you could, you risk bringing others down in your work environment. Work-related stress is also one of the main factors that can cause tension in relationships at home, with resentment, complaints and bad moods often spilling into your life out of work.
- It makes you a good role model
If you are a parent, do you want to show your children that it’s perfectly acceptable to struggle in a job you’re really not enjoying for months or years on end? You may give your kids great careers advice, but actions speak louder than words, so encourage them through your own life decisions how to discover their talents and be driven by a passion and sense of purpose.