Do you love your job? Or have you settled?

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By Jas Singh

There is a rule of thumb when it comes to hiring.

Something that stands out. Something that is transcending.

A rule that if followed nearly always results in success. Yet is often overlooked as we obsess over experience, qualifications and competitor know-how. Maybe because it’s so simple.

The rule is this:

Highly successful people in all callings LOVE what they do.

Not satisfied. Not really like. Not happy with how things are going.

They LOVE their jobs. Head-over-heels. Pure Lurrvvv.

Very few people I meet on a day to day basis genuinely love what they do. Not to say everyone is unhappy but few people are following their true passion. There are benefits, things are usually going “well”, but there is always a catch.

The reasons vary. Perhaps the role is not stimulating enough. Maybe there is too much or too little travel. Sometime they want to be working with more inspiring people or a more dynamic company.

That’s rarely the real reason. The underlying issue is that they aren’t truly inspired by what they do.

And do you know why?

The biggest reason why people don’t love their jobs is that they have still to find what they love to do.

They haven’t discovered their true love yet.

But how do you find your professional love? When I am working with candidates this question comes up countless times. I used to struggle to articulate my answers, and then a few years ago I came across this:

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address.

I guarantee anyone who watches this that it will be the most productive 15 minutes you will ever spend. It will help you find your love.

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You can only connect the dots looking backwards

In classic Jobs fashion, his address (written version here) to the newly qualified graduates is based on stories. I’m not going to attempt to re-tell them as I could never do them justice. However all of them are highly related to finding what you love to do.

The first story Jobs tells is about connecting the dots. Life as Job describes is unpredictable but usually works out. However most of us are obsessed with planning and having a predictable route to success.

But think about where you are right now – could you have predicted where you are right now 10 years ago?

Life makes sense only after you have lived it – you have to take action. In the present things may seem unstructured or random but you can only connect the dots looking backwards.

As Steve Jobs says, you just have to trust it works out.

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Don’t settle

What if things don’t work out? What if that new career is not what you expected to be or that exotic new country is now a living nightmare?

No big deal. Just start again.

To quote Steve Jobs:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

To find out what you love you just have to get out there and try as much as possible.Try new things, take risks and most of all make mistakes.

Your love is out there. You just need to keep looking

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Myself included, getting older generally makes one conservative. I distinctly remember when my second child was born thinking how I needed to start properly building for the future, investing for later life – and have more of the word every entrepreneur promises never to use…..stability. (Shiver…)

Yet as Jobs mentions in his speech, if used in the right way the later years of life can actually be the most productive. Generally speaking people by this time are more experienced, more skilled and even more financially secure.

Yet as we age, our “wisdom” makes us less hungry and less prone to taking risks.

As he mentions, if you died tomorrow would you be happy with the life you have chosen? Would you be content with the knowledge that you have pursued what you truly love?

Staying young and foolish keeps us hungry. The young are less concerned with limitations and responsibilities – they act, keep trying and if necessary start again.

Stay young and foolish to find your love.

Conclusion

We spend most of our adult lives at work.

With such a commitment, it makes sense to love what you do.

Hiring managers should ensure that during the endless screening of experience and capabilities they do not over look the critical question – does this person love what he does?

Do you love your job? Or have you settled?

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