Yes, of course!
Preferably, you’re in a job that stimulates you mentally, challenges your thinking, and enhances your creativity. It won’t hurt if you also get along well with your colleagues and manager. After all, you work for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week – you spend more time at your job than you do anywhere else. It’s totally valid to want to like your job.
However, I think we’ve placed so much emphasis on equating our job with our passion, that we’ve forgotten that sometimes we work just to eke out a living.
Sometimes, we work to earn a paycheck, so we can pursue our true passions like writing that book or buying new parts for that bike.
In a time where we’re bombarded with career advice on every online platform, the idea of a job being just a job may seem lazy, or mediocre. Still, I want to reiterate to every single person out there who has had doubts about their jobs: your career progression does not define you. It’s completely okay to work a 9-to-5 and go home on time to spend time with your family.
“Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”
Can we all agree to not say this ever again?
Say you’re an artist. You get a job in graphic design. You’ll probably love the creative aspect of it, but how about when you get a particularly demanding client? How about when you’re given an unreasonable deadline?
Every job has its quirks and difficulties. That’s why they pay people to do them. Sure, getting a job in a field you love isn’t something to be belittled; still, we need to stay grounded and not fall into the trap of thinking that we need to always love what we do.
On a more personal note
I myself just eventually developed a passion for what I do. I didn’t fall in love with IT Recruitment then pursued a career in it – it was the other way around. I got a job in the field, then cultivated an interest in IT and recruiting talent for the industry.
I consider myself lucky that I like my job. That said, I am constantly reminding myself (and my friends, when they’re stressed over work): your job is not all you have to offer the world.