This question has always been on my mind, ever since I was asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" for the first time.
In 2005, Steve Jobs addressed Stanford University graduates with this quote: "You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
To me, this assumption that our profession is a place where we find our sense of purpose (as opposed to just a way to pay the bills) creates an immense pressure and leads us to believe that if we are not in a job we LOVE, we are somehow less successful than those that are.
Don't get me wrong, I think being in a job you enjoy is very important and beneficial for both, your well-being and the organisation you work for. However, I wouldn't go as far as saying you have to LOVE your job and every aspect of it.
I have met some amazing candidates that know exactly what they want when I ask them what their ideal role would look like. But the truth is, every time after describing that 'ideal role', most of them add "But I would also look at a role that..." That's because most people understand that they might not get their dream job right now, maybe ever, and they are happy to stick to their core values but be negotiable on some other areas of the job.
Does not loving your job mean you are unfit for it and you should find another one?
I mean, if you really hate it and feel like coming in to work every day is a torture, then you should probably quit. But, if you like what you do and you just don't feel like it's your PASSION, is it really such a bad thing?
I'd really like to hear what you think!
In fact, the truth is, there will be aspects of every job, in every industry, at every company, and in every corner of the globe that has something we find utterly bothersome and frustrating. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t learn to love our job.