“Find a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain
This is one of my least favorite quotes of all time.
Although well-intentioned, this type of inspiration spawned the self-help movement (of which I am a card-carrying member) which has since convinced millions that you should leave your current job (and maybe even career) if your workday isn’t filled with unbridled joy from start to finish.
If you feel this way, I’ve got a word of advice… relax.
No one you know loves their job nearly as much as it appears on LinkedIn.
We’ve all got coworkers that frustrate us, employees we want to fire, customers who never listen, and unreliable vendors.
In other words, contrary to the personal growth gurus, the “perfect” job/career doesn’t exist.
Your professional goal should be to find something that best fits your passions and meets as many of your wants/needs as possible.
Cut yourself some slack and check out one of my favorite quotes of all times:
“Rejoice in the way things are. The minute you realize you lack nothing, you gain everything.” – Lao Tzu
Speaker, Advisor, Recovering Overachiever
P.S. Interested in going deeper? Listen to Discovering Your Life’s Purpose from the Success 2.0 podcast.