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Steven McConnell

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Why Do So Many People Loathe Their Jobs - And How Do We Fix That?

The default context for work is this: work is not fun, but we need to do it to make a living.

And we dream that, one day, when we "make it big" and earn enough money, we can quit work and have more fun in life.

In other words, for most people work is seen as the opposite of fun.

I believe that is a lie which we've been born into.

For a lot of people - even today - work is their passion, their mission in life, the source of fulfilment and a means through which they make a difference. People have dedicated their lives to their jobs. They have even died - willingly - because they believed their work had meaning greater than their own life/

It's an incredible gift and a privilege to enjoy your work. The question is - how to we allow more people experience that gift? How do we stop people from wasting their lives in meaningless 9-5 jobs which they loathe?

How to we allow people to realise their passions and translate them into successful, profitable business ventures which feed their souls and make a difference?

Those are the questions I'm interested in exploring.



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  • Mar 18 2013: I worked with information (computer) systems for over thirty years. I think I loved my job for about three years.

    In my experience, it is a very rare individual who still loves their job after a few years in the same position.

    Most people eventually get a job doing what they do well. Most people want to maximize their income, and that is best accomplished by repeatedly doing what you do best. I think it is unrealistic to expect that you will like an activity just because you are good at it. The idealistic notion of finding your passion and following it does sometimes work out for the best. But just because you are passionate about something does not mean you are necessarily good at it. There are many passionate actors looking for work.
    • Mar 19 2013: I am not certain it's just the individual that's rare,,,I think the workplace plays a role in keeping in touch with the staff and working with them in a productive manner.
      I worked at a job I loved for over 25 years, as did most of those I worked with....but that probably is unusual.

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