I was chatting with a few of my friends. They are placed in different companies and are doing different things. As usual with any chat after a long time, I happened to ask them, “Hi da.. long time no see, how’s your job? Like it?”. The replies were like, “Umm.. yeah sorta..”, “edho podhu da” (meaning – sort of fine). Some were frank enough to tell that they didn’t like what they were doing, which brings me to the question that why do people don’t do what they like?

The first answer to figuring out a good way is to first find out what you like. It’s possible that you may be in a deadlock situation with the Q and A but if you take enough steps to actually answer that Q, then you know what you want.

The second answer is to get some early hands-on experience on different areas of interest. That way you can always try and fail and find your true love. The best time to do this is when you are in college and parents are always available for support and money.

The third answer is better late than never. Always have the quest for knowledge and one day you have that enlightening.

The fourth answer is to be as practical as possible in your approach to your problems. For e.g. you may not like the work you do now. But you wouldn’t want to go and shout at your boss for the peanuts of silly work you are being given. Instead, be patient and tell them your strengths and why you would be able to do the other job better than the current one.

The fifth answer is to set your goals and work on it. This is actually difficult and takes a lot of mental muscle to do. This article, “How to get any project up and running” by Mark Forster is an excellent motivator.

Why this post? A major part of our life is going to be around the work we do and if we don’t like love the work we do, we are wasting a beautiful life. I have found what I love and since some days, I have been taking steps to do it the first thing every morning, otherwise it keeps getting postponed.

15 Responses to “Do people really love what they do?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    best post i have ever read in your blog. What you say is true. But in college we dream of gr8 work. And the fuzz these companies create for campus recruit, and all those 3-4 stage clearing process, sets a very high expectation of the work. But in reality, there is no such thing. They all do, the patch up thingy. Any way, a lengthy blog on this will soon come from me. But I dont find time to blog :( – AgNi

  2. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @agni:
    You are right. That is why going after your dreams is the best thing to do.

  3. Yuvi Panda Says:

    One Word-Answer: Practice before you preach:D

  4. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @yuvi:
    I’m practising

  5. LApstrE Says:

    Dude, I suspected u wrote this after talkin to me…

    Then i noticed the date…

    Hmm MAYBE not…

    Neways,

    It sounds written for me..

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I am on an advertising spree :)

  7. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @lapstre:
    Its meaningful for lot of our friends :-) anyway, i had written about long before i spoke to you.

    @thepsychologic:
    lol.. i know

  8. Rajagopal Says:

    your 4th answer is easy said than done. Most bosses except for startups aren’t going to care whether you like it or not. All they
    want is revenue.
    Reading the comment from Agni, I would like to say onething. Even the companies that we dream to be at create unworthy hype. Even Google and Microsoft had put ppl whom they recruited from my coll last yr in testing, and some are content and happy with the fell of being in a big name company, while some others feel pain in their butts to go to pursue MS.

    @aswin
    BTW, did u speak to your boss?

  9. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @rajagopal:
    What you say happens in many places da. This is one of the reasons why Google gives its employees the full rights to decide which project they want to work on.

    I did talk to my boss :-) and I talked convincingly.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    “Google gives its employees the full rights to decide which project they want to work on.”

    Thats why I (or everyone) love(s) google 😀

  11. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @thepsychologic:
    That isn’t the only reason :-)

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I do agree to whatever u say,it is always gud we do whatever we love. We just hav 1 life and it is always fascinating to do a gr8 job that suits us!!

  13. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @anonymous:

    Right

  14. Anonymous Says:

    A thought provoking one. Its not that our boss bombs us with loads of work, actually speaking those are our choices from which we can choose to excel.

    Finish the first soon. If u find some time left, chill off and give a best try for the second task and your boss is sure to cheer you up with what u expect.
    And the result: JOB SATISFACTION

  15. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    @santosh:
    I’m talking about *loving* your job. When that doesn’t happen, you can’t find job satisfaction.