Love What You Do

This post by Jennifer Flaten

I don’t normally watch awards shows, but flipping through the TV channels on Sunday I caught a moment of the SAG awards. Specifically, Francis McDormand’s acceptance speech there she was on stage accepting her award for best actress in a mini-series for her performance in Olive Kitteridge.

What caught my attention about her speech, beside the fact she should give lessons on how to work self-promotion into a conversation. There she is accepting her award and she manages to tell everyone how they should watch her movie (if they haven’t already). She even goes on to give a little primer on where to get the movie.

Then she says the thing that strikes me the most, how much she loves her job. In fact, she spent a good couple of minutes talking about how much she loves what she does.

Well, you would expect that in someone who just won a SAG award, right? I think most of us might love what we do just a tiny bit more if it came with a nice shiny statue. file0001843560607

Still, I can honestly say I love what I do. Although, my job isn’t a straightforward job like novelist or accountant, it’s more of a stay-at-home, work-at-home, go-to-the office a couple days a week mash-up of a couple different things I like it. It suits me.

And, no, I am never going to get a statue (or even a plaque for what I do)….and some days I don’t love it. There are still days where I don’t want to work (whatever that day‘s work entails). I want to spend all day reading, knitting or staring out the window, you know basically anything but what is on that days agenda.

Day to day I think we focus on the things that irritate us about our work (whatever that may be) and we don’t focus enough on what we like about it.

Make today the day you spend a minute thinking about what you like (or hopefully love) about your job.

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11 Responses to Love What You Do

  1. Neva Bodin says:

    Good advice Jennifer. In fact, in a larger context, it’s even Biblical. Philipians 4:8 says “(CJB) In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” Ancient advice that helps us be positive, happy, and I believe makes us more productive in whatever we are doing, various kinds of work or writing. I know I don’t feel like working when I’m negative about life or someone in my life!

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  2. sstamm625 says:

    Good reminder to focus on what we love about what we do–and to recognize that what we do doesn’t have to fit into an easily definable category, but can be cobbled together out of a number of different things we love. Thanks, Jennifer!

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  3. It’s funny you should mention Olive Kitteridge because I just finished watching that mini-series which I downloaded, and I thought the actress did a wonderful job portraying such a bitch. She must definitely love what she does.

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  4. Kathy says:

    I think you’re right–we’d do well to focus on what we like about our jobs. After all, something drew us to them in the first place. I like your description of your mash-up job: lots of opportunity for variety.

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  5. Mike Staton says:

    Way back in the day I got two first-place Florida Society News Editors (FSNE) for two in-depth series. It was good for my ego, but it didn’t make me love my job. In fact, six years later I left the field to become a technical writer and make more money. Then in 2010 I returned to journalism and got a second-place award in entertainment writing. Again, it didn’t mean I loved journalism. In fact, a few months later I took early retirement. I read once that the majority of workers are alienated from their jobs… it’s just a way to get a paycheck and keep families from sinking into poverty.

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  6. Great post, Jennifer. I’ve just been through a fairly difficult week of work and another friend ended her day in tears — some days it’s very hard to LOVE your job, no matter what “job” it is. Personally, I look forward to retirement — that staring out the window, reading, knitting idea sounds GRAND tonight! But, for the most part, I enjoy the variety I have (writing, researching, helping people in tough situations, sometimes home, sometimes on the phone interviewing, sometimes at an office), and I’m blessed with a few accolades … and really awesome people (like this group!). Here’s to another day of “mash-up jobs”!!

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  7. Doris says:

    I totally agree. Doris

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  8. Wranglers says:

    There are mostly Pros in my job, but there are a few Cons. Nice post. Thought provoking. Cher’ley

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  9. Wranglers says:

    Like Mike I have recieved awards, ribbons, and even ribbons over the years, but they didn’t influence my career. Cher’ley

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  10. Such a delightful post Jennifer. Your life sounds lovely! I lived that life for awhile myself while my kids were growing up. It was the most rewarding, 24-hour, no pay job, and I loved it. I think we all have days that don’t go the way we’d like them to and we dream of being somewhere else. I think the answer is to start your day with three things you are thankful for – makes your day start out right and helps you cope. I’ve had so many ups and downs these last couple of years, one day happy and the next depressed. I am learning to accept whatever the day brings and be happy for the little things and all the wonderful family, friends, and possessions God has blessed me with.

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  11. S. J. Brown says:

    We all need a little reminder every now and then. Thanks

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