Joy or job

For a very long time, I believed the story I kept hearing everywhere from everyone abut the bitter relationship of joy and job. My friends, family, colleagues, media, etc all seems to unanimously believe in the idea that joy could not be found in a job and that a job could not be joyful.

I’ve got to be honest, when I was a student, being exposed to all of those negative images of what was awaiting me after graduation did not seem desirable.

However, I got lucky and got a really cool summer job in a big company. At the end of the summer, I thought to myself: “How bad could it be to have a job all year round?” So after finishing my studies, I did what most people do: I got myself a real job.

Slowly I started to feel the bitterness of the relationship between joy and job I had been told many times before. My job was probably the most boring job on the planet.

I was too afraid to quit. So afraid that I actually stayed in that job for a number of years. Since everyone around me was in the same situation, I didn’t feel too bad about it. I also had a family that depended on my income. I couldn’t just ignore them and quit. But above all, I did not even know what I liked or wanted to do if I quit! I had slowly become depressed and comfortable in that job. Until one day I got laid off from my job.

I had only 6 months to get another job or I had to leave Europe. On one hand, I did not want to get a job I would be bored in; On the other hand I did not have much time to educate myself in something new to a level that would make me employable elsewhere. Freelancing was not an option given how specialized to one company my skills were. So, I started learning about starting a business. Soon my main problem kicked in: I had no idea what I really liked to do. How could I start a business around my passion if I didn’t know what my passion was?

After 6 months of leanings and trying and failing and working for startup companies, I decided it was time I got myself a job but this time something was different. I had learned so much about myself in those 6 months, I actually knew what I wanted from a job. I still couldn’t articulate what I was passionate about. But I was a lot more confident and more precise at job interviews. I could tell exactly what I expected from a job and what would not be acceptable for me. I was selective because I didn’t want to get stuck again. Within two weeks, I got multiple offers for positions I really liked.

I took one of those offers and once again I had a job. Only this time, it was nothing even close to my last one. I designed my own duties the way I wanted them. I interacted with the people I wanted to. My boss was my ally at all times. I started creating again. I allowed myself to enjoy my working hours and enabled others around me to do the same.

I learned and proved that it was possible for any job to be joyful and fun. I was soon promoted to bring that magical joyfulness to the entire company. That’s when I started receiving offers from other companies. I have switched jobs a few times since then for different reasons but never for hating my job. In fact, I love my job. I enjoy every single hour of it.

I want to share my learnings with you and teach you how to find out what kind of work makes you really happy, desire it and get it. I will share plenty of tips and tricks here on this blog for getting the job you want. But more importantly I want to help you break your own barriers and do extra-ordinary things you never thought were possible.

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One Response to “Joy or job”

  1. Hi there!
    Great wisdom and insights you are sharing! Well needed as far as I can tell. Some of my friends and many of my clients are in this “inner place” of desperation, not liking what they are working with.
    I totally agree with you that we are here to create our own playground = working place. The bigger part of my life I loved my work, whatever it has been at the time. My insight has been to do what I love and love what I do, this way it is always right for me.
    Today I got two playgrounds to have fun at, and I love all aspects in both, mostly because I created both and choose only (mostly) to do things that makes me feel good and to interact with persons who inspires me (I can find inspiring aspects in everyone).
    Every time I moved forward from a previous work, I left those places with feelings of gratefulness and appreciation! and a lot of love!
    So the most important thing for me has been asking myself: how do I want to feel doing the work I am applying for, how do I want to feel working with my future colleagues and co-workers? What brings me joy?
    That is what I get, every single time and this is so fun!

    So thank you for sharing your experiences in order to assist others living in joy and the fun of creativity.

    Looking forward to meet you!
    Hugs and all kind of nice stuff!


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