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How to love your work

I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone who doesn’t want to love what they do for a living, but very few people really understand the process of organising your work so that you really can love it.

So I’ve put together this simple flow-chart to help you make the right decisions when it comes to bringing your unique genius to the world.  Let me take you through it:

The big three questions you need to start off with are:

  • Do you love doing this task?
  • Are you brilliant at it?
  • Will people pay you for it?

If you can answer “Yes” to all of those, then loving your work is simple – just do more of that!

how to love your work flowchart

And for most of us, that’s not the case.  You probably have some parts of your work where you can’t give a resounding “Yes!” to those three key questions. Here’s what to do about that.

For tasks you don’t enjoy doing, ask yourself whether anybody else could do it for you. You need to be a little bit careful here, because sometimes the things you do are an important part of what makes you different and uniquely valuable to the people you work for. Losing control of those things is not a good idea, so you might need to make sure they are done in-house.

The next question is how expensive it will be to get someone else to do it. If it’s too expensive, employing someone to do it for you is probably going to be prohibitive. In that case, sorry to tell you this, but you’ve got to ask yourself how you can learn to love it – exactly the same as if you’d decided straight off that only you can do it. If that sounds a bit harsh, that’s deliberate – because the only alternative is to go find yourself some different work.

Fear not though, I’ll be covering some tools you can use to enjoy those kinds of tasks in future posts.

Back to those questions though; what if it’s not important to your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)? Well, in that case, you can simply outsource the work.  That might be things like your bookkeeping or accounting, or maybe graphic design. And even if you need to maintain control to keep your difference, if it’s not an expensive skill, you can bring someone onto your team to do it for you.  That might be things like your customer service handling, or production of the products you’ve designed.

So that’s the question of not loving the task. Now let’s look at being brilliant at it. To be honest, if you love doing it, the chances are you’ve become pretty good at it, that’s why the “No” path here is a dotted line. But if you haven’t, the question then becomes whether you can learn to get better. If you can, great – now we only need to worry about getting paid.  And if you can’t, stop banging your head against a brick wall and get someone else to do it for you (subject, of course, to all the things I just talked about).

And the final “No” might be that you haven’t yet worked out how to get paid for what you love doing and are brilliant at.  Again, I’ve put that as a dotted line because I believe that if you are good at something and you can bring a joyful energy to it, somewhere there will be somebody willing to buy what you do.

If you haven’t yet found that, then you need to do one of two things – possibly both:

  • Find your ‘tribe’ the people who have the need for what you have the gift to sort out for them. If the people you are currently talking to about it aren’t buying, maybe you aren’t talking to the right people.
  • Change what you are offering them. If what you’re trying to sell isn’t what they are looking to buy, then you’re going to struggle to get paid. So ask them what your proposition needs to be, so that they see the value of engaging you or buying your product.

What you shouldn’t do is try to change who you are to suit others. That won’t work, and it will just make you miserable.  And them – because they will sense that you’re pretending.  Instead find that thing that you can authentically offer, and the audience who have a genuine need for it. Get those two matched, and you will find your work an absolute joy!


You can download the flow-chart from the Resources link at the top of the page (no sign-up required, but I’d love for you to share the image or this blog to Facebook etc)


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Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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