Learn to love what you have now
When I was starting out in the corporate world, I was fortunate to have a good boss. A remarkable man who understood that people were the key to success.
One of the first lessons I learnt from him had nothing to do with business perse, however. It was life lesson, although at the time I thought it was a lesson in weirdness.
I had been given a job I didn’t particularly like. It was boring and below me. Or so I thought. So I whined to my boss about it hoping he’d see it my way and give me something more in keeping with my brilliant talents.
Instead of commiserating with me and removing me from the tedious and lowly job, he smiled and said, “Learn to love it.” With that he walked off.
To say I wasn’t happy would be an understatement but there were only two options, do the work or quit, and the opportunity with the corporation was way too good to leave over something like that. So I got stuck into it.
I’m not sure I actually ever learned to “love it,” however I did do it well.
It wasn’t until years later that the significance of what the man said truly dawned on me. Learning to be happy with what you have whilst working towards the thing you want is one of the secretes to a happy life. (Although it’s too obvious to really be a secret).
Way too many humans dislike what they do. I used to be one of them. When you think about it, it’s a genuinely ridiculous situation to be in. And I do know that there my be situations and circumstances when a person may literally be locked in a situation out of their control; meaning, it is either do this or suffer consequences that are unacceptable.
I also understand that in just about any situation there are good and positive things. It may be the coworkers, or at least one or two who a pretty good people. It may be something in the work itself that is interesting, challenging or fun. It may be the challenge. Whatever it is find it and learn to enjoy it until something else comes along.
The second thing to do under those circumstances is to have something on the side to excite and look forward to. A hobby, a new career one can be studying for, a sport. In other words, doing something one enjoys helps turn mind onto something pleasant to look forward to.
Finally, it should never be forgotten that every situation we find ourselves in serves as an opportunity to learn a valuable lesson, to undo a block, and in so doing free oneself just a little more from ego.