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Job Happiness

  • "Find a job you really love"
    "I love my job"
    "I have the best job"

    After 15-years of working, the above are examples of phrases that you will never hear me utter. Truthfully, I've never held a job that I prefer over the freedom of being able to do "anything else I want" with my time. The older I get, the more I'm starting to think that there are two types of people in the world... People who live to work... and people who live for the weekend. People who live to work, are the ones forming the sentences listed above. People who live for the weekend, are the ones who've hated every job they've had... just some less than others.

    Personally, I'm a weekender for sure. I hate work, and I have all but given up hope of finding a job I love more than not working, because I don't think it's possible for my personality type. Of course, my time in the work force has taught me that it completely benefits me to sell myself as a the "lives to work type"... and I do so accordingly, around the people who walk on the marbled floors...

    How about you guys?

    This post was edited by FsuFanForever 12 months ago

  • I don't fit your classification. My work is awesome, and I think my weekends speak for themselves.

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  • I also think I've got "lives to work" vs. "lives for the weekend" pinned down to 2-Meyers-Briggs classes.

    Introvert-Extrovert AND Perceiving-Judging

    Extrovert + Judging = lives to work.... wants to be around people, and feels a need to accomplish physical work (something more than ideas) and desires the positive feedback of others observing their work.

    Extrovert + Perceiving = Middle ground (a little of both). Wants to be around people, but feels no need to accomplish anything outside of their mind (spends all day thinking) and doesn't really need any feedback from others in order to feel good about themselves.

    Introvert + Judging = Middle ground (a little of both). Doesn't prefer to be around people, but feels a need to accomplish physical work (something more than ideas) and desires the positive feedback of others observing their work. (Laura)

    Introvert + Perceiving = lives for the weekend... doesn't want to be around people, and feels no need to accomplish anything outside of their mind (spends all day thinking) and doesn't really need any feedback from others in order to feel good about themselves. (likely Nash, myself)

    This post was edited by FsuFanForever 12 months ago

  • Sorry, I didn't want a wall for the first post... check out my next one... I think there is some middle ground

  • I think Cicero, from the movie Gladiator summed it up nicely and it's a quote I think about often when I'm having a shitty day at work and I just want to be home with my family.

    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to."

    The poster formerly known as 31-7. Understood by few, known by many, loved by all.

  • My job's stressful and one of the more dangerous ones in the country, but I abosolutely love. Any given day I go in, it's always something different. Very hard to to get bored. There are days I come out and wonder if they're going to pay me, then there are days where I'm just beat down. All in all though, I love my job just on the fact it's unpredictable day to day.

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  • Your service is appreciated too. Not just from the military, but as a civil servant as well.

    The poster formerly known as 31-7. Understood by few, known by many, loved by all.

  • I'm IJ, but I think I fit more of the IP classification there. I need to accomplish things, but I'd be just fine if it was all in my mind :)

    I work out of necessity for sure. Having said that, if I won the powerball, I'd still come up with something to do to be productive. I've thought about what that would be and come up with a few ideas. They are all low stress, low capacity-

    -Librarian
    -Home Depot paint counter
    -Small potatoes editor
    -Big money realtor (would be low stress if you didn't need the income)
    -Part time nursery (plants) caretaker

  • I've been pretty fortunate to have pursued and worked in jobs that paid the bills, but also gave me a sense of accomplishment. Doing something well has always been important to me, and also along the way I found some mildly effective teaching chops in the nurturing and instruction of others (No Nate, not just sack duty).

    Planning for, implementing and effectively executing intermediate and long range plans has been most of the reward, and even when I moved into commission sales, the money was not so much important as closing the deal - to the mutual benefit of my clients and my home company. I found if I accomplished that, the money came in bucket loads, especially if I didn't focus on it.

    In my 40 odd years of chasing the elephant, I've found most folks live and operate in one of two realms.

    1. Those that see everything, including work as an issue, a chore, and something at best mildly unpleasant. FFF is right here, not interested in co-mingling much.

    2. Those that see most everything as an interesting journey and challenge; to be met with effort, humor, and joy (satisfaction if you will) found in accomplishment. Likes human interaction on many levels.

    FFF's breakdowns are all very good, but perhaps could be a tiny bit extended, as I didn't notice much allowance for top level achievers. There are those that are driven beyond normal effort to succeed, if for nothing more than their own aggrandizement.

    Reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back once in a while. Material encomiums such as a candy bar after finishing a onerous task, or just an internal smile for yourself alone. You've earned it.

    This post was edited by Nashnole 12 months ago

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