It’s Your Job to Enjoy Your Job 739.1

Labor Day is, first and foremost, a day off from work to do something you enjoy, or to catch up on domestic tasks awaiting your attention.

It’s also an ideal time to think about the role that work plays in your life.

For some, work is a necessary evil. It’s doing what they have to do to make a decent living. For others, work is doing what they want to do to make good life.

Teddy Roosevelt said, “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” The writer George Sand put it another way: “Work is not a punishment; it’s a reward.”

Comedian Johnny Carson said, “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself and you’ll have inner peace and more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

According to W. H. Auden, three things are needed if people are to be happy in their work: “They must be fit for it, they must not do too much of it, and they must have a sense of success in it.” How does this apply to your job?

If you can, find a way to make a living doing what you love. If you can’t, find a way to love something about how you make a living. Perhaps it’s enjoyment from relationships with co-workers and customers, pride and pleasure in serving others, or knowing that you are learning and growing. It might be the simple satisfaction you get from a job well done.

The bottom line is, if you want to be happy it’s your job to enjoy your job.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 5

  1. I have found for a variety of reasons it is not always possible for everyone to change jobs to the “job doing what they love.” Or at least when they do it they find they can’t aupport a family doing that. (For example, many good musicians can’t only do that.)
    So I teach that one thing you can do is to love the job you do. That turns out to be a self fulfilling prophecy. When you choose to love the job you have to do you get interested in it, you find ways to grow on the job, and lo and behold you find you love it.

  2. Please continue with the e-mail system.
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  3. My favorite quote on this is from Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged, “There is no such thing as a lousy job – only lousy men who don’t care to do it.”
    The summer I was 13, I worked on a neighboring ranch packing peaches. The old hay barn would get up to 100 degrees, itchy peach fuzz was everywhere, and there was also the danger of the bees who swarmed around the sweet fruit. The peaches marched up a conveyor belt and dropped into holes so they could be packaged by size. Even so, it was not always accurate and fruit packed too tightly or too loosely could bruise. The “noses” had to be turned all the same way. We still managed to make it fun by making up silly songs and singing them at the top of our lungs while trying to beat the record of 500 boxes a day. It was rather horrible work but it also felt great to know we were working so hard and accomplishing a task well. That work ethic has stayed with me today over 40 years later.

  4. I absolutely agree with Bruce. I can choose to wake up each day and be grateful for it, put a smile on my face and be happy or I can just go throughg the motions. Even the worst jobs can be made better by how a person approaches the day. Each one of us can choose to make the day and the job a little better. What a privilege to know that I can make a difference in the lives of those I work with just by choosing to “enjoy” each day and work to the best of my ability.

  5. Why not only posting your commentaries on internet? There are more people reading them on internet everyday. Also, try to find another radio station, but for people from other countries, your internet commentaries are very important! You make us think different with your ideas, don`t stop!

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