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Statistically, about 90% of the people in America hate what they do. Pretty grim when you consider what a massive portion of our lives this covers.

However, loving what you do can be an actualized, self-generated, scenario. A greater portion of the work that fills our days can become something that you love based on a few key points.

How many real problems do you get to genuinely solve in a day?
If the work that you do does not ‘max out’ your skills on a regular basis you will grow to hate that job. And its opposite is true: if what you do is overwhelming to you, you need to reassess your skill-set — and get more training. A person will hate what they do if they are either over, or under, challenged.

This one is obvious: Don’t drive a truck if you can’t reach the pedals.
Take a look at what you are doing for work and re-evaluate it for your actual suitability to it. This can be in the realm of your physical comfort, but also applies to things like analytical versus intuitive tasks and whether or not your personality combines well with your co-workers, boss, clients, etc.

Where are you going?
The work that you do must be relative, on some level, to your goals and purposes in life. The happiest people work in areas that they want to see expand over time, or, that they see are having some kind of positive growth impact on the world, their community, their family. If what you do for money doesn’t, in some way, contribute to your ‘bigger plan’ you will be unhappy indeed.

Money gets a bad reputation when it is the only motivation. Because when we talk about the concept of money, we are simply talking about a representation of effort (…and not always accurate). Money is a symbol only — a symbol of stored energy.

If it is a person’s only goal — well, it is quite attainable. However, when you really think about, if that is the only goal, money is the only thing one will have in the end! Sure, we can buy “stuff” with it, and maybe, that is a goal too. But, “stuff” is ephemeral; our love and joy in that stuff wanes, often rapidly. The only things that are worth having in the end are things that we have built on our own — character, family ties, friendships, a dream bigger than ourselves — and all of that other romantic, hackneyed, mawkish, but true, stuff!

Do what you love — and get paid well for it! Also, do stuff that you love just for the love of it. Now, that’s a life worth living and well-lived.