“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it’s something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
Can I tell you a secret? My motto “Be Career Happy” gets some laughs. What in the world does it mean? It may seem kitschy to some. Perhaps it doesn’t seem like a real possibility or it rubs against the mindset of hard-nosed and tough-minded career professionals.
Career happiness may seem silly to others who find difficulty in equating work with a smile. You go to work, get the job done and find happiness elsewhere. Wrong.
This “old school” or sometimes cynical mindset is often what holds people back from being truly happy. They may think that somehow, it’s unconscionable that we should expect anything from our work other than a paycheck, otherwise it’s not ‘real’ work. Just play. There’s also a lot of chatter about how we are making things too easy. Certain organizational cultures are becoming too soft or rules and structure are going out the window and this is leading to the demise of our society as true contenders.
You may recall the ever-famous words by Confucius stating that if you love your work, you’ll never work a day in your life. This is happiness at work. Doing work that you enjoy in a space that you enjoy is the epitome of professional happiness. But you don’t have to be on the playground all day or on the beach, or even in the “perfect” position to find love in your work. Frankly, it doesn’t matter if your current occupation isn’t your dream job. If it brings you closer to your dream job, then it is already offering you many gifts.
Now, imagine finding ways to get more positivity and “good mood juju” out of your current job.
This website and the work that I do as a coach and speaker are designed to help you do just that—extract even more joy from your work by changing things within your control that will ultimately make you happier at work. And if that means a new position altogether, that’s great. But keep in mind, you might find that when you put in action to the career happiness process, your current job might bring you the most joy.
How To Be Career Happy? Claim Your Career Happiness