Can You Be Passionate About a Job That’s Not Your Dream Job?


By definition, being passionate means having strong feelings for some things. It’s the driving force and those intense feelings that tell you that a job is your dream job; the one you want to work on pursuing and growing with for the rest of your days. However, not every job is a dream job. 

When you can’t simply quit and start again, how do you gain those passionate, driven feelings for a job that’s not your dream job? It can be challenging to remain positive when a position makes you roll your eyes, but this article covers how you can find things to love about a job that you might not like. 

In this article, you will learn how to grow to be passionate at work, regardless of whether you love the position you’re currently in. Remember to keep an open mind, smile with confidence, and exude positivity. 

Put Things into Perspective About How Your Job Affects Your Life

Your job is a minute part of your life. You have other things in your life that have larger effects on you than your job does. Ergo, you shouldn’t get stressed over it. Sure, projects and work issues will arise to ruin your day, but it’s nothing to bring home with you. 

Put your priorities in order. What’s most important in your life? What do you like to do? What are you passionate about now? When you realize that you have control over your stressors, you can stop hating your job and start seeing it for what it is… a way to live comfortably. 

Improve Upon Your Work Experience with Coworker Friends and a Clean, Well-Organized Workspace

Sometimes the best part about work is the people you work with. Make friends! If you are working in close proximity with someone, be friendly, respectful, and communicative. You might bond over your common interests and take that friendship out of the workplace. Friends make the time go by quicker and smoother because you know that someone has your back when times get tough. 

Another way to improve your work experience is with a clean, organized workspace. When things get cluttered, your brain becomes an irritable, stressed out mess. Use shelves and drawers to bring organization to your office. You could even add a dash of your unique personality to an office space with personal pictures and pops of color that symbolize who you are.

Leave Work at Work

When you leave work, you are done for the day. Leave it behind. Wave goodbye if it helps, but go home without the burden of thinking about work. Your job should not take over your life. Yes, you should take pride in what you do, but separating your work life from your home life can save you a lot of anxiety and stress. 

Take Pride in What You Do and Strive for Positive Feedback

When you’re working on or finishing up a project, take pride in that accomplishment. You are a knowledgeable, reliable, hard worker, and you should give yourself recognition for that. 

Positive feedback feels great and encourages you to do more to feel better at work. Ask for critiques and criticisms after you finish a project. It’ll help keep your morale in the positive for future projects. 

Working Too Much? Cut Back on Your Hours

In many cultures, working more than 30 to 40 hours per week is insane. It’s not good for your mental and physical health to work much over 40 hours per week. Sure, every once in a while, is okay, especially if you have projects to catch up on, but 60 hours of work a week shouldn’t be the norm. 

To get the most out of your work week, you should work smarter, not harder. This means making the most out of your hours while you’re there, then leaving when your schedule is done. Cut back if you’re working too much. It’ll save you heaps of stress because you won’t be overly worried about your responsibilities. 

The Bottom Line

There’s an old saying that goes, “work to live, not live to work.” Your job is a small part of who you are and what your life is all about, so when it starts getting stressful, take a mental step back. Remember that your work isn’t the end-all, be-all of your existence. You can choose to be passionate about your work skills without really enjoying the job itself. 

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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