Being passionate and engaged is a very important part of someone’s work ethic. Take a look around and you’ll find managers using “passionate” to describe their best employees, and Millennials arguing that it’s the driving force behind much of their career.
In a perfect world, it makes complete sense: you pick the job you feel most engaged in, and naturally, your passion for that job will help you work harder to succeed. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
As much as we’d love for everyone to find a job they are truly passionate about, there are plenty of obstacles that can get in the way. The truth is, whether you have to choose pay and benefits over passion to support a family or you’re fresh out of college and just need a job to get some experience, not everyone gets to pick a job they are truly passionate about.
So: how do you work at a job that you aren’t passionate about, and still succeed? Here are a few tips that will point you in that direction. Take a look below:
Remember: every job has its ups and downs. Let’s face it: there are so many different variables when it comes to working at a job that it is impossible to find one without a few things you won’t like.
Stay away from a “grass is always greener” attitude. Instead, try to look at the negatives as a challenge. Ask yourself how you can overcome them to be a better person or have a better chance at succeeding. In turn, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.
Remember your true goal. You might not be passionate about your job, but perhaps you took the job because you are passionate about something else. Whether you are where you are because you know this job will be good experience and will help expand your career, or because the money will help you support your family, try to focus on one goal or another and use that passion to help push you towards success.
Continue to work towards your passion. You might not be doing what you want to do, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on your dreams and goals. Make it a point to orient your career towards doing what you are most passionate about.
Even if it is little by little each day, always having your dreams clearly in front of you will make what you are doing now much better than if you were to wander aimlessly through your job.
Invest in those around you. So you don’t really care for the job you’re doing—but you have met a lot of great co-workers along the way. Try thinking about the impact your work ethic and engagement make on them.
You know you don’t want to let them down. One way you can prevent that is by going into work with a passionate attitude that is more oriented towards helping others succeed. Believe it or not, it will help you too.
It’s all about attitude. Which brings us to our final point. Your job might not be your favorite thing to do, but that doesn’t mean you should walk around and act like a grump.
Having a positive attitude when it comes to working any job, whether you like it or not, will make things exponentially better for you. On top of that, it makes things much better for those around you who will certainly be affected by your mood.