I have watched my Grandfather work 18 hours a day, seven days a week for decades operating a small grocery store. Every day he went to work with a smile and returned with a smile. He absolutely loved it and he just fell into it, taking it over from his parents.
This has often made me ask, do I need to find what my passion is or can I be passionate about anything? I think the answer might be that both a viable options.
One time, sitting on a curb in China, I noticed a woman sweeping the street. She had a smile on her face and seemed completely immersed in what she was doing. I watched as she ensured that the area she was cleaning was was near perfection. She paused, looked it over carefully and sighed in a way that oozed satisfaction. She placed her broom in her wheelbarrow and walked away with a smile.
As I gazed at her in awe, it struck me that, ultimately, it is our attitude which determines how fulfilling and meaningful our work is. We can be passionate about anything, if we choose to.
I decided to put this to the test with my own job. I felt my job was ok, not too bad, but not really something that excited me. I wanted to see if I could change this. So, each morning, I whipped myself up into a state of excitement about going to work. I talked out loud about how much I enjoyed my work, how meaningful it is and focused on the most enjoyable aspects. Before going into work, I vowed that each day would be a masterpiece. I would constantly check myself throughout the day to make sure that I was walking and talking enthusiasm.
At first, my brain said to me, “You can’t fool me! I know the truth!” And, I really did feel like I was trying to deceive myself. But I knew, if you repeat something enough, you will actually convince your brain that what you are saying is true. And that is what I did.
It worked. Just by changing my thoughts about this job, I was not only able become genuinely enthusiastic and excited about going to work, but I developed much deeper relationships with those around me and felt much more fulfilled.
I chose to love my work, slowly my brain came around to join me, I began to give more of myself and, in the end, I got much much more in return.
If you are struggling with how to find your dream job, perhaps there is another way for you. Yes, it is good to seek out what you love, but you can also choose to love whatever you are doing now. Why wait? You only need to decide and follow through.