How to Think About the “Stuff” in Your Job You Don’t Like
Even if you are deeply pursuing “your passion” there will always be things you must do that aren’t your favorite or don’t play to your strengths. You have to make some choices about what to do with those weak spots. You can always get training to help improve your abilities and then watch yourself to ensure it doesn’t negatively impact your overall job or business.
But, what happens when your job is dominated by tasks that you don’t like to do and really aren’t that good at doing? It’s not going to be a job you like because you aren’t going to feel good about you. It’s not nourishing to your soul.
You could be in a great work environment, working for the world’s best boss and getting paid well but if your job doesn’t make you feel good about you, then it’s not the right job. Easy to say, hard to admit. Even harder to figure out what to do about it.
I’ve always been a believer that there is a proportion issue you have to think of when thinking about the content of your job. The proportion issue is the amount of work you enjoy compared to the work you don’t enjoy. We all have to be adults and do the stuff we don’t like to do and perform it reasonably well. But, if the job is too heavily weighted towards unenjoyable tasks, that’s the point where you have to make some hard decisions.
There is no “guideline” for the percentage of enjoyable v/s un-enjoyable tasks either. This kind of decision is yours to make; as only you understand your own tolerance levels.
Job fulfillment is composed of many things, not just the work or tasks you perform. It includes whom you work for, the people you work with and things like the context of the work (like serving others). But, for today, if you aren’t enjoying your career, think about this mix of tasks to see if it’s working for you.
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