The Society of Human Resources, in a survey conducted in 2003, found that eight out of ten workers wanted to leave their jobs. I’m thinking that today in the 2010 economy, with almost 10% unemployment, that survey may not hold true. No doubt every one of us knows what it's like to wake up thinking, "Not another day. Not another week. Can I somehow get out of it?" Being happy and being employed seem to be mutually exclusive concepts.

There's a verse in Ecclesiastes 3:22 that says, "So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here!"

I want you to notice this key distinction in what Solomon says: He didn't say, "There is nothing better for people than to have work that makes them happy." The emphasis is on you being happy in your work, not on your work making you happy. This is important to understand.

In my experience, some people get bored with great jobs; others approach the most mundane tasks with passion and enthusiasm. It's not really about one's job; it's about one's attitude in doing it. Your job is what it is, and that won't change. But you can take steps today to change the way you approach your work, steps that empower you to find—as Solomon's words indicate— satisfaction in your labor.


  1. I've got a saying posted at my desk:

    "Stop worryin' about the mule. Just load the wagon."

    Or, as my dad used to say, "If you can't do what you like, you'd better start likin' what your doing."


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