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Finding the job you love

  1. 1. FINDINGA JOB YOU LOVE:mythS andrealityby nicolas nerviwhat business can learnfrom professional sport
  2. 2. p3 Introductionp4 Myth 1: You don’t have to like your job to be good at itp6 Myth 2: Few people earn a good living from their passionp8 Myth 3: Plain, old-fashioned hard work is all that mattersp10 Myth 4: Your boss does not care if you don’t love what you’re doingp12 Conclusionp13 About the authorcontents2
  3. 3. It’s rare to hear people get excited about work, isn’t it? For the most part, we acceptthat lacking passion for our jobs is a ‘normal’ part of people’s lives. But is it? Lack ofenthusiasm and passion for your work leads to poor performance, disengagement,turnover, resistance to change efforts, and a negative work culture.“Passion (or lack of it) is - at its core - a business issue.“If we’re going to improve productivity, innovation and our take-up of ongoing, rapidchange in our organizations, we must foster passion in our workplaces, and in every rolewe create. But how? Isn’t a white-collar-job-that-excites an oxymoronic idea?No, not necessarily. It’s a privilege to find a job you love, that’s for sure, but it’s notimpossible. And, finding ways to get more enjoyment out of what you’re already doingis just as important— after all, no job is perfect. Here, we explore the myths many of usare (perhaps unwittingly) following in our careers and in the way we lead our organiza-tions, and we discuss some simple lessons from one of the world’s elite athletes to helpus all do more of what we love, and love more of what we do.what is it aboutnicolas nervi3
  4. 4. If you don’t completely detest your job you should be pretty happy. After all, work is‘work’, and you get paid to be there. And here in lies the first myth many of us believeabout work: you can be good at your job even if you don’t like it.Some people can sing, run a marathon, give an inspiring off-the-cuff presentation andcalculate the square root of an imaginary number in under a minute. They’re ‘good’ atthese things, and many of these talents could lead to a job.However, being good isn’t enough.To be really, really great you need motivation, drive and passion. Passion drives usforward. It helps us pick ourselves up when we’re down and inspires us to keep learningand getting better at what we do.We feel driven when we love something. So, if you don’t love it, you’re going to find ithard to stay motivated for the next decade... or four.Yes, you can be ok at a job you don’t love, but you can be even better at a job you do.So, there are two ways forward: either find a job you enjoy more, or find ways to bemore passionate about the job you already have.You don’t have to like your job to be good at itMYTH #1Passionkeeps youstriving4
  5. 5. Failure is inevitable,it will come for sure.Consider the failuresas positives you canlearn from— this isan art, but it will bringyou success in life. MIKE AIGROZMike Aigroz is a Swiss professional triathlete who competes in the Ironmanlong-distance race series. He spends 25 hours a week training to completein the grueling 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run that the Ironman demands.He is the 2012 Vice European Champion, and finished 6that Ironman Hawaii in 2011.www.mikeaigroz.chWork your willDoing something we love for work is a privilege, but as Swisstriathlete Mike Aigroz knows, it still takes a lot of hard work to get where we want to go.Nothing comes easy—and as the saying goes, you get out of things what you put in.5
  6. 6. Is a painter more talented than a property developer? And, is a beautiful painting worthmore or less than an apartment with ocean views? Well, it depends on the painter andthe painting, doesn’t it?What we will pay for things depends on the value we perceive that they hold. And thesame is true of our careers. We subconsciously (or consciously) weigh up the value ofour compensation package with what we think our passion is worth to us.Welcome to the second myth that many of us believe about work: you can’t earn a livingdoing what you love.How much money is enough? What figure would be enough to convince you to dosomething you’re truly passionate about?You might make more money as a lawyer than you can as a swimmer, but will thecompensation be worth it if you’re not passionate about the law?The need to make ends meet is real and often pressing. But, there are points in ourlives when we have choices and opportunities, and it’s these points when we need toconsider the true cost of not doing something we’re passionate about (and good at).People do make money out of their passions. Some make a lot, some make a little,but it’s hard to put a price on doing something you love.If you can’t change careers, consider ways you can do more of the tasks you do like(and less of the ones you don’t) or how you can deliver your skills and passions to otherareas of your organization.When you do something you love, you can often find ways to turn it into a career. Wecan also focus on the parts of our jobs that we do love, and try to apply this to our cur-rent roles in new and innovative ways.Creating the job you really want to do is possible if you think of lateral ways to applywhat you’re passionate about in your workplace. For example, if you love working withothers, find more ways to collaborate and show your organization how they canbenefit from your skill and passion in this area. Can you lead more special project teamsor committees? Can you run more workshops or meetings for colleagues? Think aboutwhat you’re good at and enjoy, find a gap in your organization and then promote yourskills as the answer—find the intersection between your desires and needs and thatof your organization.Few people earn a good living from their passionMYTH #2Be graciousand thinklaterallyto finda marketor purposefor yourpassion6
  7. 7. Don’t complain toomuch, don’t alwaysthink grass is greenerthe other side, don’tbe too negative andcritical with yoursituation—be gratefulfor what you have.Failure to recognizeyour assets brings frus-tration and constantdisappointment. MIKE AIGROZ7
  8. 8. In her book, The Top Five Regrets of Dying, author Bronnie Ware says the second mostcommon regret is “I wish I didn’t work so hard”. It’s common to feel that we spend toomuch time doing things we have to do rather than the things we want to do, and formany of us, work fits into this category.The third myth that many of us believe about work is that: as long as you work hard,you’ll be successful at what you do.Whichever way we look at it, working hard at something we love is always easier andmore successful than working hard at something we don’t. Even the most talentedpeople have to work hard at their craft. Real success rarely comes easy. But, doubtlessthe effort will feel less like a chore if you love the process. Besides, you spend a lot oftime at work and if it’s not mostly enjoyable and satisfying, that’s an awful lot of your lifespent doing something you’d rather not be.So, consider the difference between ‘working hard’ and ‘work that feels hard to do’—ifyou do something you’re passionate about, it may just feel a little easier and worthwhile.Plain, old-fashioned hard work is all that mattersMYTH #3There’sa differencebetweenhard work,andworkinghard8
  9. 9. Try to have fun: enjoy the process, not just the rewardWhen Mike Aigroz is preparing for an Ironman race, he is training every day and pushinghis pain barrier to its limit. His key challenge is to try to see the positives right the waythrough the process to keep himself motivated, rather than just focusing on possiblesuccess at the end.There is a heavy cost to all the training—whether it’s injury or time away from friends andfamily, so you need to know the hard work along the way is something you enjoy as muchas the possibility of winning or achieving your goals. Consider which parts of the processor task you really enjoy and focus more on those.Try to enjoy everysingle good momentin your life, never bejaded and don’t forgetthe simple things thatbring you joy andhappiness. Live in themoment, feel the plea-sure and see these ex-periences as vitaminsboosting you,reinforcing you. MIKE AIGROZ9
  10. 10. Organizations, HR departments and managers make huge investments to try to improvethe performance of their employees. We talk a lot about engagement and alignmentand strategy and performance indicators. Yet, when we’re doing something we love,we’re already engaged, aligned and performing at our best, even if we do need a littlecoaching and structure along the way.In many ways, success and great results are the consequence of the doing what we love.So, the final myth is: your boss doesn’t care if you’re dispassionate about your work.Our own research shows that fewer than half of the world’s employees feel inspired bytheir manager to do their best work. And, almost four in every ten employees globallyreport that they are not committed or engaged with their current employer. Yet, whatare we doing about it as individuals and organizations?For the most part, we’re pretty busy accepting that lack of passion is a ‘normal’ partof most people’s lives. For the most part, we spent 40 or so hours every week gettingon with doing the job whether we want to or not. And, both sides of this equation—employer and employee—are suffering as a result.So, if we really care about business performance, it’s time to start talking about passionand why it’ s a critical part of our jobs and our organizational success.Your boss does not care if you don’t love what you’re doingMYTH #4Haverespect andrecognizethe mutualinterestin success10
  11. 11. Organizations and individuals have a vested interest in each other’s success. If werespect this, we can find ways to benefit both by doing what we love.Sometimes, we need to provide open, honest feedback about what’s going well andwhat’s failing. If you’re passionate about doing well and advancing the mutual interestsof your organization and yourself, you’ll be able to proactively seek and provide con-structive feedback in a respectful way. Conflict is a sure-fire way to reduce our enjoymentat work, so the less we have of this, the better. We can’t always control the action of oth-ers on this front, but we can always do better ourselves, and ultimately, it will pay off.Respect yourself,respect your competi-tors, respect the rules,respect your environ-ment: respect is funda-mental in this world,and it’s fundamentalto success. MIKE AIGROZ11
  12. 12. The business world can be a tough place to stay positive and passionate, and often it’sup to us as individuals to make this happen. Organizations are often so busy pushing usthrough processes and adapting to change that we forget to have fun, promote passionand celebrate successes. We are often so busy ‘doing’ that we stop realizing that ourmotivation for our work is two-fold: we should do what we love (as much as possible); and love what we do.We may not have 100% control over the first part, but we have a lot of control over thesecond point.Taking time to notice the good parts, celebrate our progress, ask for constructivefeedback and accept that failure is part of learning are all behaviors that we can practiceto fuel our passion for our work. We all have obligations; we all need money to live andit’s not always possible to work in your perfect job doing only the stuff you love doing.In fact, everyone finds that there are aspects of their jobs that they don’t love. However,there are ways to increase the time you spend doing the stuff you’re good at andpassionate about, as well as to increase the enjoyment you get out of the entire day.SO...12
  13. 13. ABOUT the authorNicolas Nervi is a Senior Marketing Manager at Kelly Services for Europe, Middle Eastand Africa (EMEA). Throughout his 15-year career, Nicolas has promoted passion andenthusiasm at work, and continually demonstrates how these traits are the key tosustainable business performance and success. In addition, Nicolas is passionate aboutsports, and applies these same principles to his athletic performance.ABOUT KELLYKelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: kELYA, kELYB) is a leader in providing workforcesolutions. Kelly®offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting servicesas well as world-class staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis.Serving clients around the globe, Kelly provides employment to more than 550,000employees annually. Revenue in 2011 was $5.6 billion.Visit and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, & Twitter.Download The Talent Project, a free iPad app by kelly Services.