When someone mentions “work” within earshot, a lot of us think of hard stale Eba (cassava meal), we think of grit and hard labour. I am thinking about Lollipops and Cold Stone Ice Cream, something that appeals to my inner child. I don’t ever want to be at that desk that’s positioned just so I can stare at the wall clock, a workplace where my feet are ever pointed at the exit.
Love Your Work
I think most of us would claim to love our Eba but in reality we eat them for survival and strength but there is nothing exciting about the whole idea of making Eba as much as getting lollipop or Cold Stone Ice cream. Think of the ideal work as the one that makes you feel like you are taking a trip to get Lollipop. While preparing for this post, I took some study time to read about love and all that mushy stuff. I will tell you about how love works, since I want you to love your work.
Lee divided love into three(3) types or stages; Lust, Romance, Commitment. We have all experienced Lust, some as early as our teenage years and we wanted a lot of girls.
Probably before you got your job, you sent out applications to a million openings. These openings range from Sales Marketing to Ice Cream Vendor. This Lust for anything that fits graduates to some accidental job and because it pays, you get married to the job and live miserably together after. Jobs are supposed to make us as excited as a romantic relationship and as thrilled as taking Lollipops.
Doing what you love is a major determinant of how happy you will be in life, just as Marrying the one you love is a crucial decision. Its important you allow your desire for work to graduate from just transient momentary needs to gratify some pressures; societal, family, financial. It needs to become a fixated Romantic appeal that’s almost attached to pheromones, I will explain.
I almost wish people could smell out their soul jobs/work the same way some animals smell out their mate. Human pheromones have been found to exist too, so smell also affects who we get attracted to. Won’t it be such a beauty if we could smell out the perfect workplaces? We need to have a deep sense of attraction and eventually have the desire to reproduce. When your job is your soulmate, you produce and reproduce. The desire to form a family and have children is the third and final stage, it is the level of commitment and devotion.
On a job you love, you would be attracted to activities and people that also want to be like you or do what you do. You will have a deep devotion to transferring your skill and knowledge to others. I found David DiSalvo’s post on the Forbes “10 reasons why some people love what they do” and the fifth point is very interesting. David thinks those who love their work are born succession planners, he said most people who fit this profile embrace their jobs wholeheartedly and actively look for others to share their passions with, in hopes that they’ll want to do that job one day as well.
“These folks aren’t doing this because the company handbook tells them to – they do it because they love what they do, and that passion compels them to share their knowledge and acumen with others.”~ David Disalvo
Any work you do not talk about passionately lacks your love and commitment and your chances of reproduction is on an all time low. Productivity is beautiful for short term returns but the long term sustainability of a business relies on the reproductive capacity of the workers.
“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”