Work can be a great source of reward, accomplishment, and connection. Whether it is paid work for a company, running your own business, or unpaid caretaking, finding the work that satisfies you is incredibly valuable to your health and wellbeing.
On the flip side, stressful work can cause great harm. Short-term stress or overworking can lead to skipping meals and exercise and losing sleep. Longer-term job stress has also been linked to hypertension, obesity, and poor mental health.
For most of us, we must work. Finding a vocation that you enjoy and love on a day-to-day basis is an important task. A generally positive experience can help you ride through the difficulties and challenges that are also, unfortunately, a part of work life.
Finding Your Work Passion
If I could tell you the job that would make you happiest, well, I would probably stop writing this book and move in a new professional direction. There is no perfect recipe I’ve found for finding work that you are passionate about, but I do believe that the right job has a combination of the following:
- People you enjoy and trust
- An overall goal that aligns with your values
- Fair compensation
- Some control over the work you do
- Day-to-day tasks that you generally like doing (with the minority of your time spent doing tasks you don’t enjoy).
Your Best Job.
Determining your best job is a personal endeavor. Your best position may be as an accountant, where your best friend’s worst nightmare could be to work as an accountant. Looking at the criteria above, you can start thinking about the type of organization and day-to-day tasks that will make a job satisfying, rewarding, and healthy.
Your best job may mean different things for you at other points in life.
- Your best job may be one where you can move up the ladder at a well-established company if you are ambitious and risk-averse.
- If you are entrepreneurial and driven, your best job may be one where you can run your own business.
- If you are focused on gaining material wealth, your best job may be the highest-paid one you can achieve, with the opportunity to earn more over time.
- If you are balancing caretaking, education, hobbies, or other activities, your best job may be one that offers flexibility.
- Your best job may be one that allows remote work if you enjoy traveling or have a partner who must travel.
Longer-term job stress has also been linked to hypertension, obesity, and poor mental health.
A generally positive experience can help you ride through the difficulties and challenges that are also, unfortunately, a part of work life.