Working in a field you’re passionate about is a dream shared by the masses. You have the opportunity and privilege to do something you’re interested in every single day – congratulations!
However, no matter how dedicated you are, there will be times that make you question your chosen career path. If you’ve been struggling to differentiate between a bad day and a bad job, here are eight signs you’ve found your dream gig.
For starters, your work doesn’t feel like work
There’s a big difference between choosing a field and being forced into one, however, when you’re doing something you love, you’re constantly satisfied in your day-to-day life.
While there are times things don’t go your way, overall you enjoy and feel fulfilled by the work you’re doing and are excited to take on new roles and challenges.
You’re not constantly checking the time
If you frequently catch yourself counting down the hours until the end of the day, and you’re always one of the first to leave when the clock strikes 5, chances are you don’t love what you’re doing.
On the other hand, if you truly enjoy and are interested in your work, you’re often too engrossed in the task at hand to take note of the time, unless it’s for meetings and other important work things.
And the day passes faster than you’d like
On the rare occasions that you do look at the clock, it’s likely you find yourself wishing you had a little bit longer to complete your daily to-do list (even though you’ve spent your day checking off box after box.) This shows the pleasure you get from the work you’re doing and your enthusiasm to perform well.
You constantly strive to achieve more
You set yourself high standards for the work you produce and are proactive when it comes to taking on extra projects and a heavier workload.
By performing well, you help your boss, colleagues and company succeed, which is something every passionate worker-bee will find themselves wanting in a job they love.
Mondays are just another day of the week
While others spend their Sundays dreading the working week ahead, you’re excited to go back to work on Monday after a weekend of chores, family time, and relaxation.
Why? Because you love what you’re doing! The working week means productivity, progress and accomplishing the tasks you’ve been figuring about how to tackle over the weekend.
You’re inspired by your colleagues
Instead of talking badly about your co-workers (usually out of boredom), you discuss their achievements and want to help them succeed.
As you’re all working towards the same common goal, the accomplishments of your colleagues only confirm that you’re doing what you love and therefore want your company to be the best it can be.
You enjoy talking about your work
When you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you want those around you to understand and be passionate about your work, too. Whether it’s to your partner, friends, family or dog, you’ll talk about that new project or client to anyone who will listen, which shows your work truly rewards and excites you.
Calling in sick is a disappointment rather than a relief
No one likes being sick but, for those who love their job, taking a day off work makes feeling ill a whole lot worse.
Rather than seeing a sick day as a day of freedom away from your job, you have projects you’re eager to work on, work friends to catch up with, and genuinely hate missing out on what’s happening in your workplace.
What makes you love what you do? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by Penny Robinson-Brown