Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.Simon Sinek
Here’s a handy infographic that shows you the difference between a job and a career.
In It For The Long Term
Ask yourself this question: are you in it for the short term? Or the long term? If you’re in it for the short term, it’s hard to get fully motivated to do great work.
You likely won’t be coming up with game-changing ideas, because you’re not in the right mindset.
If you’re thinking short term, it’s possible that you’ll do things that might not be in the best interest of other employees, customers, or shareholders.
On the flipside, if you’re in it for the long term, your whole thinking changes.
You want the company to succeed. You start to think about how you can help the company grow even on your time off.
It Takes Time To Grow
Professional development and personal growth are, in my opinion, the most important part of employee engagement.
Once an employee reaches their peak and plateaus, they start to become disengaged and demotivated.
When you’re working in an organization that you love, hopefully they’ll help you develop your career over time and your leadership skills.
When you’re hopping from job to job, it’s harder to get that professional development going because you’re so volatile. Also, you likely don’t care to advance too high if the company you’re working for is just a job to you.
The key difference between collecting money or collecting experience is that you’re not there for the money.
Your goals are completely different. Instead of focusing on your next paycheck, you’ll be focusing on building long term relationships with some key mentors.
The money is an afterthought when you’re working in a place that you love.
When you’re just working at a job, you won’t be going after those experiences, because it’s possible that there is no one there that you want to collect experience from.
You Give Extra Effort When You’re Engaged
When you’re working at a job you don’t care much about you do the absolute bare minimum.
When you have a career that you love, you’re willing to above and beyond your normal duty.
When you’re engaged, you don’t mind doing some extra work, in fact, you don’t even notice it. You’re happy to do it because you genuinely want to see the company succeed.
If the company succeeds, you succeed.
It’s tough to get motivated and feel like you should go above and beyond if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing.
Leave Work Happy
Of course in a career that you absolutely love there will be some bad days, but for the most part, you leave work happy.
You know that you gave it your best effort, you got some good stuff done, and you’re excited for the future.
When you’re just working in a job that you don’t care much about, it’s likely that you leave work upset and ready for one or two (or five) drinks.
Unfortunately, many people go through this, and when you start to think of the financial costs of disengagement, but the psychological and emotional effects of it, it starts to become pretty scary.
Whenever I hear people talking about their work, it’s usually one of two extremes – either they love what they do, or they hate what they do.
A Case Of The Mondays
Ah Monday mornings. Definitely not everyone’s favorite time of the week, but when you love what you do, and you’re passionate about work, it’s not as bad as it would be if you didn’t like your job.
When you love what you do, you’re excited to hit the ground running and make this week a productive and effective week.
When you’re just in a job that you don’t care about, Monday mornings and Sunday nights are the worst.
Spend Your Time Growing In The Company
When you’re in a job you don’t enjoy, you’re spending most of your time looking for a new job.
Job hunting is draining, demoralizing, and really tough.
If you’re hunting for a new job while you’re at your current job, you’ll be sneaking around too, which is never a good thing.
It’s just not a fun way to spend your time and energy.
When you’re in an organization that you love, you spend that time and energy on building your reputation, making connections, and working your way up the ladder.
Value Alignment = Culture Fit
When someone’s personal values align with the company’s values, that is the definition of culture fit.
When you’re working at a job you’re not interested in, it’s not necessarily that you won’t agree with the values, you just likely won’t care if they align with yours.
When your values align closely with your organization’s, you’ll have a stronger emotional attachment to the brand, making you more likely to be engaged and to give that discretionary effort.
Most Jobs Are Boring
When you’re working at a job that you don’t like, you spend most of your day looking at the clock, counting down the time until you can go home.
It’s the complete opposite if you’re working in an organization that you love. When you spend time doing work that you truly enjoy, you can’t find enough time in a day to get things done.
Because you’re so passionate about what you’re doing, you spend your day looking for ways to improve yourself and the company, instead of browsing Facebook.
At a job, the days go by so slowly, you feel as if time is standing still. But when you have a career, the days fly by.
A Career Is A Journey
Do you find yourself grinding along during the day, wishing it was over, wondering if you’ll ever get out?
That’s no way to live.
When you have a career that you love, it’s a long term, enjoyable journey that can change your life.
Do You Have A Job? Or A Career?
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