by David Drake
Life is a system that is interconnected in so many aspects, and your work is one of those aspects. Whether you are employed or running your own venture, I encourage you to love what you do since it is such an important part of your life. This is not to say that everything about your work will be good, there are things that you will hate about it. Even so, you must imagine that you love even those things that drive you up the wall in order to fully enjoy all aspects of your life.
This may be easier said than done, but it is crucial, because when your work gives you an engaging and energizing feeling, you can guarantee that that feeling will spill into other areas of your life. And, sadly, the opposite is true; when your work leaves you strained and stressed out, you mirror all those negative feelings to other areas of your life. Finding enjoyment in your work can be invaluable to all facets of your life. You are bound to reap many benefits when you enjoy what you do, and here are some of them:
1. You get energy to overcome life’s challenges
Life is not without its fair share of challenges, and you will undoubtedly stumble upon many roadblocks along the way which will leave you feeling bruised and defeated. Overcoming such challenges definitively requires strength and energy. Loving what you do will leave you empowered,and you will be able to use your tenacity to face any challenge that comes your way. The more zest you put into addressing life’s challenges, the more effective you become, while significantly reducing your chances of getting derailed in life.
2. You have energy to bring to your work
It is impossible to be the best you can be when work is constantly depleting you and leaving you drained. You start your day with a void, and you have to inject yourself with some form of energy just to get anything done. It is different, however, when you enjoy your work; you feel more energized and are able to accomplish so much more because you have a reserve of stamina to draw from. This means that you are able to focus all your drive into excelling, which in the long run will make a whole lot of difference in your place of work.
3. You bring more energy to relationships
As I mentioned earlier, your enjoyment of what you do tends to spill over to other areas of your life. For instance, if you feel stuck and frustrated, that can affect the people you care about. Alternatively, by the time you get home, you may be too drained to the extent that you do not have any energy left for any meaningful communication that all good relationships require. When you enjoy what you do, you feel energized throughout your day, and you take that feeling home with you. This makes you fun to be around because of the positive feelings you bring to your relationships.
4. You are better placed to make a difference
When you are stressed out, it is difficult to reach out and make a difference in any way. This is different when you are energized by what you do because you have the power to invest in ways that can better this world. When you love what you do, you are able to engage in formal efforts, such as volunteering, as well as informal efforts, such as spending quality time with your children and providing a good foundation from which they can grow. Just by harnessing your positive energy, you have a greater potential of leaving the world a better place.
5. You enjoy life more
When you enjoy what you do, you are more capable of savoring life more. You tend to have the drive and the time to engage in the activities that you love, plus some new ones you would never have tried before. What this translates to is that by bringing positive energy into your life, you will be able to experience joy when things work out well, and you will be able to draw on strength you didn’t know you had when challenges come your way.
David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital, a multi-family office; Victoria Partners, a 300 family office network; LDJ Real Estate Group and Drake Hospitality Group; and The Soho Loft Media Group with divisions Victoria Global Communications,Times Impact Publications, and The Soho Loft Conferences. Reach him directly at David@LDJCapital.com.