I’ve been reading a few job search books, and one of them led me to ponder this question:
If you inherited a large sum of money and never had to work another day in your life, would you still work at your current job anyway?
Job dissatisfaction is supposedly fairly prevalent. I’ve read a CBS article written in 2010 that said 45 percent of Americans are unhappy with their jobs. Now that we’re coming out of the recession, I wonder if that’s still the case, or if people have gotten happier now that there’s a hint of “hope.”
I think that I would still work if I didn’t have to, just not as often as I did before. It’s nice to have a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you’re helping others or providing a service or making a difference. A lot of people would be lost without the daily structure that their job provides them with, and a lot of people truly enjoy what they do and they couldn’t imagine doing anything else. The mark of a good job is if you would gladly do the exact same work for free. How many of us can say that we’d work our current jobs for free because we love it so much?
Time without employment is very liberating… but sometimes it could be too liberating and lead to boredom. Once you’ve accomplished all that you want to accomplish outside of work, what more is there to do? Find new things to accomplish, perhaps. Go to school and learn something new. But what’s the point of going to school if you didn’t need to get a job with your knowledge? (Maybe learning just for the joy of learning.)
I know that if I didn’t have to work, I’d spend the majority of my time writing, because it’s always been enjoyment for me. It’s never really been “work.” My ideal job, that I would work at for free if I never had to work for money, would be spent writing or editing.
So how about you? Do you enjoy your job enough to work there even if you didn’t have to?