However much one might frown about the concept of work, looking down upon it with a ridicule because it does not allow us much time for leisure, it is a truth unsurpassable that work is one among the many be alls of life. Work is worship is a quote we often come across and that we disregard as being too exalting of the nature of something that allows us to survive and not to live. But in its truest manifestation, it indeed is work that lends our life a purpose for which we continue to strive all along. Even for folks forever discontented with having to work out their life rather than enjoy it to the fullest, it still would be work that would allow them the luxury of leisure in their existence. In the face of the essence that work holds in every life, it indeed is ironical and even a distribute to the essential nature of what sustains life- both physically and psychologically, that we seldom acknowledge work and hold it in such reverence that would do justice to its facade of being a life defining activity.
While work transcends the nature of merely being something that helps us afford to live, it still is undeniable that most of what shapes our notion of work is somewhat intertwined with the matter of our finances. It is but a sad reality of the existence of today that work is interpreted in monetary times and seldom as something we indulge in with whole hearted pleasure. While such conditioning about the nature of work has led to often not very positive notions about it, notably in us tending to think about it as something that cannot ever be enjoyable, what we choose to deal with today pertains as well to this rather prevalent notion of what work has been made to be. Concerning ourselves therefore with that aspect of work which rewards us in purely monetary terms and that which occupies core position in our lives as jobs, we embark on that sphere of discussion that seeks to interpret also our dependence on work in somewhat emotional terms as well.
While we have always been accustomed to jobs being something that affords us the means to live our life with all luxuries in the world, this also has meant that we seldom assign a kind of personal fondness to what we view as our professional commitment. For us, crossing over into the realms of the personal by what our jobs demand of us is nothing short of blasphemy, something that has always been scorned upon, something that has always called for a line to be drawn in strictly distinct terms in what dominates today the ambits of our colloquial jargon. Work life balance is something projected as utterly essential which, while we don’t deny that it is, still has been attached with an importance that seeks to most deride the very basis of what drives work. Loving one’s job happens only to be a chance encounter and not something we happily profess often. It is as if proclaiming our love for our job will diminish the importance we attach to life, which is an irony given that without work, we would never have the means nor much enigma of what drives us toward the idyllic idleness of life. But despite such notions that has the majority of us seeking to view those who worship their work as someone who probably should ‘go and get a life’, it still is very, very important that we nurture a passion for the job we work at for the most of our lives.
For one, loving your job is necessary so as to derive the maximum satisfaction out of it. Because unless you love something whole heartedly or at least pursue the very idea of it, there would not be any way that you will be ever able to decipher any semblance of interest in it. One of the primary reasons why most people dread work is because of the associated notions that seek to view it as mundane, compulsive routine that we have no choice but to go about every day of our lives. Loving your job then is pivotal in ensuring that you lead a better life both professionally as well as personally since a considerable chunk of your day and therefore your life would be spent in working.
Also, being the best at what you love is something you would undoubtedly strive for. Such jobs therefore that has you furthering your interests and indulging in your passions will ensure that you give your best shot at it. That of course would bolster your job satisfaction while also instilling in you a greater sense of accomplishment and render you generally happy for every single day of the job well done. Not to mention the laurels and accolades it would earn you that which might be ‘just’ validation but still is an essential factor that contributes to strengthening your confidence. In rendering you also an inspiration to others simply through what you manage to do every single time you set about to work, loving your job is what has the ability to endow you with such traits that lead you to loving life itself.
In this context however, what presents as an issue somewhat perplexing is whether your love for your job means also that you should be absolutely in awe of the company you work for. As famously said by Infosys co founder Narayan Murthy,
Love your job, but never fall in love with your company because you never know when the company stops loving you
Despite all our unwavering loyalties towards the career we choose based on our skill sets, our qualifications or at times solely on what we want to do, our professional lives are but a play of the finances eventually. You wouldn’t likely render your services always to someone who doesn’t pay you, irrespective of how much you cherish the task at hand, because ultimately money matters enough in every life. In thereby owing your allegiance to the company you currently work for is all well and fine but to allow yourself to be consumed by love for it to the extent that it exploits you through such unethical practices like unpaid overtime hours and uncompensated efforts on your part would be utter foolishness. While it indeed is true that every employee is part asset and part liability to the company they work for, it also is equally true that in today’s competitive world, every job would have as many contenders waiting to grab it either for love of it or in dire need of it. Loving your company because you believe it treats you as indispensable is acting only part the truth of it. In being as replaceable as any other in your company, it instead would be wiser if your love for your job does not transcend to an overly emotional affair with the organisation you are hired with.
Nevertheless though, your love for your job should still be such that has you giving your best at it not just for the sake of betterment of your professional profile but also in enriching the value of your organisation. Till the time you are gainfully employed with the company that while might not be entirely dependent on you, still is believing of your talents and abilities to allow you a chance to work a job you love, your allegiances to your employer should be absolute. But in no way should your love for your job have you so emotionally driven that your company sees in it an opportunity to exploit you. A middle ground needs to be discovered where your love for your job should be pronounced in terms that makes it clear to your employer the absolute effort you are ready to give in to make it matter while also giving away in equally clear terms that the very reason you are working on something you cherish is just a reflection of your integrity and values and that which will not in any way keep you bound to a company that does not realise or recognise your worth. Your company might indeed cease to love you someday which calls also for reciprocation on your part. But in no way will the job you love let you down since it will always have you upbeat and excited on working for something that has your complete devotion. This simple question of ‘Why it is important to love your job not your company’ then is something that should evoke an answer from your attachment with what you do and not because of any number of justification on any number of articles you happen to stumble upon across the internet. To the extent that your love for your company will be feeding you while your love for your job will be feeding your soul as well, we believe you have already the most satisfactory realisation of what you set out to obtain.