Some say, “Find what you love to do and you won’t have to work a single day in your life.” Others grumble, “Work, work, work; there’s never a break,” and thank God that it’s Friday. Do you need to love what you do to become a professional, build a successful career and make good money? How do you choose a job – by whether you like it or by whether you can make money at it? Is there such a thing you can do that will give you energy and let you get incredible kicks out of every second you spend doing it?
People who are infantile and not too bright often dream of an ideal job that makes your eyes sparkle; meanwhile, they either stay on the couch or drag themselves sighing to their hateful job.
I want to warn you away from these unhealthy misconceptions: there is no ideal job that would consist of just fun; it does not exist. There is some unpleasantness involved in any work and that is normal. Your goal is to pick a job where you will spend less energy and which you will enjoy more and make more money at, while doing something really benefits people and the world.
DANGERS OF A HATEFUL JOB
A hateful job is a vicious cycle, which most often drags in people who are not too bright or who have low self-esteem. They are afraid of losing this odious job, they waste their energy there, they become exhausted, they torture themselves and torture those close to them with constant complaints. Such people count the hours until the weekend and post memes on social media with drunken hamsters “Hurray, it’s Friday!” They try to drown their sorrow in drink and on Monday drag themselves to the repulsive office or plant yet again.
The thoughts of the unloved job stay in their heads every single day with no breaks or holidays. Such people have no energy or time left for growth – all their resources are spent on fears and procrastination. The result is quite sad – illness, psychosomatic diseases, early onset of old age, and poor family relationships.
THE MYTH OF A BELOVED JOB
The other extreme of infantile beliefs about a job is “Find what you love to do and all you’ll get out of a job is thrills”. Let me give you an eye-opener: this does not happen. That’s because a job is not only about your personal creativeness.
You will have to deal with dozens of people at different levels of development. One of them may be cute and cuddly, another will turn out to be a very unsavory character, someone else may be in a bad mood, while yet another one will unload on you her latest dealings with her mother-in-law.
Besides, absolutely any work involves some routine, boring and even unpleasant tasks. You can expect disasters and failures and it’s absolutely normal; you cannot avoid making mistakes while you learn and grow professionally.
When you finally settle everything and your work is done without a hitch, get ready for an emotional setback. It is very unpleasant; you will think that you’re incompetent and worthless and that no one needs your work. You will want to hide and forget about work for at least a week and that’s normal too! Even geniuses experience such swings.
At all events even your most favorite work will always involve some unpleasant tasks. You simply have to live through it.
However, if you like what you do, you will conserve your energy. You won’t have to waste it on overcoming yourself every day, on fears and procrastination, which is a great bonus. This means that in the eight hours you spend at work, you will get much more done and enjoy it as much as you possibly can.
WORK: LOVE, MONEY AND BENEFIT TO THE WORLD
In order to enjoy your work, the process itself must be sufficiently interesting and enjoyable to you; it must also be sufficiently complicated so that you can keep growing. Otherwise, work becomes dull routine. On the other hand, if the work is too difficult or complicated, you will have disappointment and low efficiency instead of growth.
In this case you can compare a job to working out. If you always exercise with 5-pound weights, you’ll have neither achievements nor joy of your workout. On the other hand, if you grab a 50-pound barbell right away, you’ll feel puny and a failure and will go home with a backache.
If right now you feel at work like the notorious Sisyphus with his stone, look for what’s causing the trouble, maybe you just lack some specific knowledge? Once you master the skills you need, your work will flow smoothly and will be much easier and more interesting.
As soon as you find the balance of complexity, you will learn to work in a flow and your job will bring you joy and inspiration. Joy won’t feed you, however; you have to have sufficient remuneration for the work you do. That means you have to evaluate how useful you are to the world and to people.
Money does not just come to a person, you get it in exchange for something and it is paid by people to whom you mean something. The more resources these people have, the more money you will get for the work you do.
For example a poor doctor in a provincial town in Russia saved the lives of 200 paupers in one month. He was undoubtedly beneficial for them, but even if these people wanted to pay him, they would not be able to do so, since they could hardly make ends meet as it was. Besides, most of those saved would not even think of thanking the doctor; on the contrary, they would curse him for “not treating them right.”
By the same token, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles operated on 10 actresses or millionaires and received financial appreciation from these very influential people who had a lot of resources.
That is why the surgeon is a millionaire, while a Russian paramedic lives hand to mouth.
There are psychologists who work for $10 an hour and they have the most infantile and embittered people for their clients. There are also psychologists who work for $300 an hour and their clients are the wives of rich husbands. There are still other psychologists who work for $5,000 an hour and their clients are top managers of the top international corporations in the USA. In other words, the corporation pays the psychologist $5,000 for each hour of their professional assistance. Where does that difference come from? It stems from the different levels of people to whom the psychologist is providing a benefit.
Large YouTube bloggers are beneficial not only to millions of their entertained subscribers, but also to the corporations who placed their ads with them. That is why bloggers earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, since they benefit a vast number of poor people (after all, entertainment is also a benefit) and a certain number of rich companies.
So, in order to receive sufficient remuneration for the work you do, provide a benefit to a larger number of people or to more influential people with more resources, or both.
HOW TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATE REMUNERATION FOR YOUR WORK
It is best to choose an ethical way of making money. You give the world what people need, what is important, valuable or useful to them. What you do helps the society around you grow and improves the world. The quality of your life and the lives of those around you improves.
To become useful to the well-to-do, you need to learn self-PR and improve your money thinking. If you work as a hired employee, well-to-do people or managers of companies that pay good money will find out about you. If you are a freelancer, you will find well-to-do clients who will provide worthy remuneration for your time and effort.
It is not enough to find a rich employer, however; you have to truly bring a benefit to them. If you simply shovel paperwork from one end of your desk to another or passionately sprawl on the couch, no captain of industry will pay you millions.
If you want to build a career, the first thing you need is strategy. Make a plan for the nearest 10-20 years. Then assess what skills and knowledge you already have and what you need to learn. What kind of network do you need? What type of a name do you need to make for yourself? What results should you demonstrate? Follow suit of the people who have already built similar careers; how did they manage it?
If you plan to build a successful business, you need three things:
а) High-quality, popular product or service;
б) Competent employees and well-established business procedures, so your business works like a clock;
в) Skillful marketing so that you have a lot of clients and advertising costs you as little as possible.
I teach these skills in my infobusiness classes.
An average person gives at least a third of their life to their work. It only depends on you how you spend that time: hating and stressed out or comfortably flowing along; whether you do a useless low-paid job or an interesting one for hundreds of thousands of dollars.