Do you love your job? I hope you do.
Are you happy with your job? I hope you’re not.
At first that might sound like a contradiction, but think about it and you’ll see that loving your job and at the same time not being totally happy with it can take you a very long way toward greater success.
When people love their jobs, they look forward to coming to work. They are eager to get on with the day’s tasks. They do their best to exceed customers’ expectations, take the next step, and “Wow” the internal customer (their coworkers) as well.
When people who love their jobs are also not 100% happy with their jobs, they look ahead to the next challenge. They take on new and greater responsibilities, even if those responsibilities require additional training, outside reading, or stretching their abilities.
I hope you love your job. That is because I want everyone reading this to enjoy themselves every day of their lives. I also want your company to grow and prosper and that can only happen through a team of A-Players who come together every day with a passion for what they do.
But I hope you’re not completely happy with your job. I hope there is some excitement in you as you think of ways your job can grow and expand – ways it can test your capacity and bring you to new heights. I hope you feel that you’ll be happier with your job a year from now than you are with it today. (And a year from then, and a year from then …)
I love my job, but I’m not 100% happy with it. How about you?
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.