I was talking to a new university graduate recently and they were complaining “I hate my new fulltime job but all jobs are like that so it’s OK“.
I said that doesn’t have to be the case … I enjoy my work so much that most of the time it doesn’t feel like work … just having fun interacting with people and learning new information
Sure your 1st job might not be fun, same for the 2nd and 3rd jobs … but eventually it will become clearer to you what you truly enjoy and are good at doing and you can try and find a job that combines these 2 aspects.
I’m not a fan of Apple products or part of the “cult of Steve Jobs” that follows his every word with bated breath but I was impressed with his Commencement address at Stanford University on June 15th, 2005 where he told the new students a few stories which included this quote:
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. 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.
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.
– source Stanford Report, June 14, 2005: ‘You’ve got to find what you love,’ Jobs says
I think a key sign that you’re doing work which is your true calling is if you can be yourself while working, using your own persona not a fake persona created to hide your true feelings. What do you think?