(Closed) You need to be super happy and love your job?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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mrsjansen:  Ya know I think septic tanks came to mind because I read an article the other day about waste management and the science behind it was pretty awesome. PS I will never flush anything I shouldn’t ever again.

Post # 17
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Sugar bee

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breatheandrelax:  I agree with your point of view. I’m sure their comments were coming from a good place, but they sound kind of Pollyannaish, TBH. I’m in the “work to live” camp. I don’t really like my job, but it pays very well, and it’s not like I’m slaving away in a coal mine all day.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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breatheandrelax:  I think everyone should have passion and joy in their life, however, the source definitely does not have to be your job.

Your friends sound like my Dad – his job was his life’s passion, and I grew up thinking that my job had to be like that too.  And after casting around for that perfect job that I could be completely fulfilled by, I finally realized that my passion and what brings me pure joy is something outside of my job.  I really do like my job, it’s very fulfilling, but most importantly, it pays for what I love to do, but it’s definitely not my main source of happiness. 🙂 To each our own.


Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Sassafraz in Toronto, Ontario

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breatheandrelax:  That’s not a technical term, lol. I’m a chemical engineer that works on wastewater process problems. Sometimes I do things that make me look like a mad scientist, which got me the title of “potion master” on my office door. Got to keep a sense of humour when you work in a poop plant. 

There are literal scientists working on wastewater problem though, I’m just more of a hands on application of theory rather than deriving new theory. 

P.S. My job is basically to keep these little guys happy: https://youtu.be/rJ6hf14MBYU Not the hair like things though. They can die in a fire. 

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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breatheandrelax:  It’s great if you can love your job, but that’s not going to happen for everyone.  If you are content with your job, that’s good enough.

I think that the idea of loving your job is a pretty recent phenomenon.  You are a very lucky person if you find a job that’s a true calling.  Similarly, you are a very lucky person if you find a partner who’s a true soulmate type who you’ll love romantically for the rest of your life.  That also doesn’t happen for everyone.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

My last job was one that I got to pay the bills. I was pretty good at it, but incredibly bored and uninterested in the field. My job now something I enjoy, challenging and sometimes stressful, and flexible. My quality of life is much better now. I suggest you keep looking, not desperately, but something will eventually come along if you keep your eye out. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

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TheGridMonster:  Can I join you by the pool? I love kittens!!

I just posed this question to my husband and he made a good point. Would your friends be doing their jobs if they weren’t getting paid? That’s what he said is the definition of love, in this context. Think about it, would they? 

I do not think the majority of people LOVE their job.  Some people are content and as happy as they can be with the situation. Most people are just trying to pay bills and not have anxiety attacks when they wake up in the morning. 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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breatheandrelax:  its totally ok to work to live and have outside interests that fuel your fire. If you are really passionate about somethng and can make a living out of it, great! but for most of us, we tolerate our jobs  haha

Ive been at my full time job for almost 8 years and its boring, im not passionate about it but i get along with my boss really well, im good at it and it pays the bills. I leave every day at 430 on th enose and dont think about work unless im actually there. Its not bad!!

Post # 25
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Sugar bee

I’m in the work to live camp, but I have to have 2 out of the 3 things in order to tolerate the job: good work, good people, good money. 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m quite career ambitious and do put a lot of stock in loving my job – but that doesn’t mean I love it every day. There are definitely days where  I am tired, over-worked, frustrated, etc. Heck there are weeks where I feel like that. However, if I look back at a stretch of months and don’t feel like I’m growing/learning in the position or that my time/emotional investments in the work aren’t paying off (in terms of feeling fulfilled with the position) then I know it’s time to move on. I’m willing to go through a grind of a period if it’s going to pay off in the long run, but I’m not going to grind with no end in sight or no payoff at the end. 

Post # 27
46 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

Honestly I do absolutely love my job, but I see it as a lucky thing. I definitely don’t think it is necessary to love your job. That’s our modern obsession with happiness in every corner of our lives – like, everything has to be amazing and fulfilling and helping us grow, all that shite. If I hadn’t been able to get into this job I would have been happy in the ‘work to live’ camp.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey

I’m of the opinion that if most of our adult life will be spent at work (assuming we are not billionaires, disabled, or stay at home parents and therefore must to work to live) then we might as well choose work that we enjoy. Otherwise that is a lot of time in your life spent being miserable. There are of course days that will be stressful or unpleasant, but that is with anything in life, work aside. I don’t want to be dying on my death regretting that I spent so much of my life doing something I either hated or had no passion for.

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