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How to Love Your Job

Your Two Cents: Can You Learn to Love Your Job?

When I asked if your current job is your dream job, only nine percent of you said it is. Channeling the song (or the chorus) that we all know by heart, "Love the One You're With," do you think you can learn to love the job you have? Oh, and now that song is in my head, too.


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rc rc 9 years
I refuse to kiss ass, deal with office gossip and politics, or settle for anything but the best damn way to spend 40-50 hours a week earning money. So I quit my 9-5 late last year and became a freelance web animator/designer. Best move ever! I've gotten plum gigs, great portfolio work, and more money for less hours. It takes more effort and you have to learn to deal with the unexpected, but now I LOVE my job... which is basically working for myself. :-)
Nanna-Babee Nanna-Babee 9 years
I think if you go into it "knowing" its a bad job, it will never be a good job. Every job has it good points and bad points.
sageflower sageflower 9 years
I agree with Marcella - even horrible jobs can teach you something which you can use for your next job.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Absolutely, I think people can learn to do anything as long as they have an open mind.
sageflower sageflower 9 years
Apparently you can learn to love your job by steering it towards what you like to do and are good at as much as possible... now I've just gotta get that to work for me!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Nah I don't think you can, I think you can learn to tolerate it but that's about it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i love what i do - it's just sometimes the environment that i'm in that makes me like it a little less. i could learn to love it all but wouldn't that be settling?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Nope. I have had a lot of shitty jobs and I ALWAYS find some reason or another to quit. Anyone who hates their job will. My current job I love (it's not my dream job but w/e) and I could never go back to anything less!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
glam sugar: hilarious! I agree it just takes time. My first day I thought I was walking into a dark dungeon alternate universe (and i was) but halfway into my second year we have a sunny new office space, tons of new faces and I couldnt love my work duties more.
kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
I think it's possible over time, and depending on the environment. I took a job thinking it would be temporary - I wasn't interested in the field, I wasn't looking forward to it. But I've been there almost 2 years now, I love the company, they treat me really well, and I can't imagine a better place to work. My job rocks!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I have tried - Queen of England how I have tried to love being a transit operator for San Francisco but I cannot and I am an optimist. I say hello and goodbye to every passenger, wait for stragglers, answer questions and smile at people - I try to be the happiest girl out there. However, when people spit at you, strike you for fun, yell at you because they are in a bad mood, and spend their brief time with you trying to rain on your parade - there's nothing you can do but daydream that you are doing something else. And eventually feel miserable and downtrodden. Then there's SF traffic and pedestrians trying to kill themselves by not looking before they jaywalk. The fact that when you get off from work people do not hesitate to walk up to you while you're still in uniform but off the clock and insist upon telling you how much "you" and "the company" you work for sucks. Well "the company" I work is the people of SF. And I cannot escape them. Uggh, I'm burning the brown uniform as soon as I sign a contract to work elsewhere. Counting to minutes to happiness...
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
It has nothing to do with optimism. My passion is my passion. If I'm not doing something that I'm passionate about, then I'm not happy. Plain and simple.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I like that idea pixelsugar! I don't really like my job, but I've only been here about 3 months now so it's still early, still learning.. I do love the company and LOVE my co-workers, much better than my old job!
pixelsugar pixelsugar 9 years
I actually couldn't stand my job for a really long time, until recently. I made a new years resolution to stay positive at work even when it's incredibly difficult. It's been hard, but I'm doing a pretty good job and it definitely has changed my attitude towards work. I really believe it is what you make of it.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
No, I am pretty sure I could never learn to love this job but I deal with it.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Yes & no. People know what they like and dislike doing by the time they can work, so if you are a septic tank repair woman, you know you aren't going to like it unless that is your passion. I think we can fool ourselves into settling and we can always learn to be happy with what we have, but we know deep down what our true bliss is.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Sure, with the right medication. :rotfl: Seriously, I love my profession and what I do, just not all of the things at this particular workplace that I'm at.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
i've been trying to love my job for the past year and it's just not working out. i went into it with an exceptionally positive outlook (it's my first professional job out of college) and it's done nothing but bring me down and second-guess myself and my talents since i started. fortunately, i have an interview with a new company next week!
lizrocks lizrocks 9 years
I say yes. I started out at my current job *hating* it. There was too much work for one person, I'm the only one in the office except for my two bosses (when they show up) and I was constantly making mistakes. Now, (8 months later) I realize how great I have it. My bosses are really laid back, I'm superclose to home, I've got a system down that keeps things from getting too overwhelming, and my husband can stop by on his way home from his job.
marcella marcella 9 years
I think back on all the crap jobs I've had over the years and can honestly say that an optimistic outlook was my saving grace. Regardless of whether it was cleaning offices, being a call center person at a highly unethical company (where there were A LOT of complaints), filing papers, waitressing, or being an upholsterer -- I learned valuable lessons from all of these jobs. If you think negatively, you will not learn to appreciate your job.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I will not love this job because it's just that. I haven't started my career yet and I looking forward to apply for jobs within my field.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I went into my job knowing that it wasn't exactly what I thought I wanted to do with my life. But I've really enjoyed certain aspects of it and the challenge of learning new things.
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