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Farmington Hills, MI

Clinical Psychologist

Real problems, real solutions.

Why You Need To Love What You Do

So why should this be such a big deal? Work is work, after all. Do you really need to love what you do?

YES. You do.

There are 5 important reasons to love your job:

1) At least a half of your waking hours are spent at work. If you’re upset about being at work because you don’t love what you do, you’re on average a sad person in some instances you are outright depressed. That’s no way to live.

2) It will be very difficult to invest in your career. If you’re not into what you do, what would possess you to seek out extra training, certifications, conferences, and the like? It’s hard to imagine spending extra time outside of work investing in something you don’t like.

3) You’ll never be truly great at what you do. If you don’t have any passion for your work, and you’re not spending time and energy upgrading your skills, how will you ever improve in your field?

4) You won’t get promotions. This ties into points #2 and #3. It’s tough to imagine promoting someone who isn’t great at what they do, and doesn’t really show an in interest in what they do.

5) You’ll lack fulfillment. If you spend your time doing something other than what you love to do, you’ll always have that feeling like you’re missing out on something. You’ll spend days watching the clock, waiting until you can leave the office to do what you really want to be doing.

What to do if you don’t love your work:

The first thing to do is to resolve to DO something about it. Take action. Be proactive. Doing something positive is always better than wishing things would just change.

Whatever you do, you need to dig until you’re happy. You owe it to yourself to put the effort in.

Here are some things that will help you begin:

1) Be committed to doing whatever is necessary to find or locate a job you will truly love.

2) Take a Vocational Interest Test that will give you some ideas about the types of jobs you would be happy and satisfied. This test is provided at my office for $15.00 which is the cost I pay for the test. After taking the test I would go over the results with you during a separate interview.

3) Network – Start talking to individuals who you know who might give you some guidance on how to re-invent yourself into something you will truly love. Don’t be shy. It is my experience that most people want to be helpful to you.

4) Look at additional educational opportunities. This can often be done on a part time basis.

5) If you are sad and depressed about your job, seek professional help from a psychologist.

6) Be patient – To reinvent yourself, you will need to be determined, hard working, and dedicated to reaching your goal.

7) A lot of individuals who hate their job rationalize staying for the wrong reasons, i.e. money, security, etc. Discussing these issues with a trained professional psychologist can be quite helpful.

8) Remember that life is not a rehearsal. It is the main act. You only have one trip. Make it the best.