Admit it or not, most people don’t love their work. Many like it, some tolerate it, but it is a minority who find work they love that also supports their lifestyle.
You can and should find enjoyment in your work. Doing so is very valuable to your life in many ways, including greatly increasing your probability of financial success. But you don’t have to love, or even like your overall job to enjoy everyday aspects of it.
Although most of the times your specific job literally made you sick, you should be proud and took satisfaction in the way you are doing your job and always give your best in doing it.
As for me, I consider my previous and present job like a single cup of coffee. Why did I say so? Well because I enjoy drinking coffee to the last drop whether it is a mocha, cappuccino, latte, or just a simple black coffee. It’s like your job, even if you don’t like your specific work, or the work environment you are in, you can love the way you do it by giving your best in performing it. And you may discover, as you focus on doing it better, that some of the irritants of your job become more rewarding, or at least less lousy.
So if your boss doesn’t appreciate you, you’re underpaid, your company isn’t ideal…that can be OK, for now. They aren’t the key evaluators in your life. It is YOU. Remember your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
Please understand that I’m not encouraging you to stay in a job that makes you miserable and find all your joys elsewhere. But remember, while you are searching for that perfect job, enjoy the way you are doing your present one because the secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.