Finding Your Passion Amid the Hate

Asking QuestionsOh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” ~ Drew Carey

“I Hate My Job…”

That’s one of the most common answers I receive when I ask “why do you want to start a home-based business.”

“Hate” is a strong word – but one that captures what a lot of folks feel regarding their work. The question is this – is hate a good reason to do anything?

“Why Do You Do It…?”

The next question I usually ask it “why.” Why spend so much of your time doing something you hate?

The answers are universal – to pay the bills, feed my family, security, benefits, or to make enough so I can do what I want. There’s often a lot of passion in the answers. Sometimes there are tears. Some feel trapped. Others like indentured servants.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for them – and for you – if you are in the same boat. You are doing what it takes to survive, and that is commendable. It takes guts and a sense of self worth – otherwise you would have just given up long ago.

“But Is There Another Reason…?”

Which brings me to this – what about your job to you love? Not like, not tolerate, but love. Is there something about the work that you do that makes it worthwhile?

Where you are now is because of choices – maybe a college major, maybe taking an opportunity that looked good, or listening to parents, teachers, or friends. But there had to be something about it that was appealing.

Most things in life come down to pleasure and pain – the choices we make regarding work included. Knowing why you do the work you do is important, particularly if you are considering the life of an entrepreneur.

Think about where you are and how you got there. If you hate every aspect of your job – get out now. If there are things you love about it – focus on that while you build your own business. Learning to see why you make the choices you make each day is a powerful realization to have.

A great way to find your passion is to look for it in your day-to-day life, hidden among the frustrations you may feel at work.

There’s at least a hint of it in the work you do now. It’s up to you to find it.