Do you love what you do?

Home Inspector with American Bulldog Home Inspection Inc.

I believe it was Confucius who said "Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." While I have always had a vague understanding of what that meant, it's meaning was really driven home to me recently as I was standing in line waiting to pay for my morning caffeine fix. There were 2 men at the counter ahead of me who obviously knew each other. I overheard one of them say that he just got back from vacation, and it really sucks to go back to work after having a week off. His buddy responded by saying that it really sucks to go to work after the weekend. Not to be outdone, the clerk responded with it just sucks going to work. I am sure that they all had a life outside of work, and all did things that they enjoy, but their focus was on the unpleasant aspect of their lives.

Years ago, I was visiting my cousin and he told me that he often comes home from work and goes straight to bed, the stress of his job leaves him with a headache every night and he cannot function normally outside of work. I asked him why he didn't find another job, his response was, "I am too old and have been here too long to start something new." He was 22 at the time.

I couldn't help but wonder how many people are in that same situation, who are working just to survive and have no real purpose or meaning in life. They live for the weekend and their 2 weeks of paid vacation each year. Their dissatisfaction in their jobs eventually affects their productivity, their relationships, and ultimately, their health. All of this directly affects our economy and society as a whole, a problem that cannot be resolved with a government bailout, no matter how big.

With all the bad news we are bombarded with on a daily basis, I think it is time to change our focus. I am not suggesting that we ignore what is going on in our world, just that we focus more on what is good. When our outlook changes, our circumstances cannot be far behind.

Do what you can to make it a great day.

Kevin Welch

American Bulldog Home Inspection

Watchdog for the American Dream.

Comments (6)

Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

At times Real Estate can be challenging but that to me is part of the fun. If every deal went through easy and without incident I'd be bored.

Mar 04, 2009 02:38 AM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

There is almost always a bright side to situations.  Thanks for the reminder.

Mar 04, 2009 05:58 AM
Leslie Prest
Prest Realty - Payson, AZ

I don't 100% love everything I do in RE. But I have waitressed, sold crafts, taught school, and RE is better than any of those. I love the freedom in RE, I love being my own boss, and I am definitely "task oriented" rather than time oriented (I don't mind how long a job takes, but I hate punching a time clock).
If I were independently wealthy I would stay home, garden, write, read, and generally enjoy myself. But since I'm not, RE is a good fit.

Mar 04, 2009 06:25 AM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Lee and I just talked about if there was something other than real estate that we would want to do. There are some days that you wish you didn't have to go through, but until we will the lottery and don't have to work, we wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

Mar 04, 2009 01:10 PM

Denise, It is the challenge that makes it fun, I have had mindless jobs and could not handle them for long.

Irene, sometimes it is I who need to be reminded.

Leslie, I don't think anyone can love every aspect of their job every day, multi-family inspections before noon come to mind, can't ever get into the bedrooms because the tenants sleep until the crack of noon.

Lee & Carol, I suspect that you will continue to sell real estate even after you win the lottery.

Thanks for the comments.



Mar 04, 2009 01:26 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Kevin, I have been in the situation that the people that you discussed were in.  It makes you old in a hurry!  Real Estate is still fun to me, I even love showing the houses to people, There are some great people that I haven't met yet, and Real Estate is a great vehicle for meeting them.  So I agree everyone should do what you love!

Mar 04, 2009 04:35 PM