How to Find Work You Love

By: Christine Edwards @missedwardsclt


The deets: Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that is joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

This one stuck out to me because it’s not your typical finding your passion talk and it really resonated with me.

You know how people say don't worry about loving the work you’re doing right now, just build your resume? This was the sage career advice that Scott Dinsmore received after joining a Fortune 500 company.

Shortly after he started, he began noticing that his company’s competitors had already automated his job role and it was just a matter of time before his would be too. He lost the drive to get up in the morning and go to work and he noticed daily regret and resentment toward his job. Any of this sound familiar?  

Well, this hilarious analogy is what kept me listening; “Taking jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving up sex for your old age” - Warren Buffett.

Two weeks after hearing that piece of advice, he left. Scott then goes on to ask whether you are doing inspiring work, or leading a life of quiet desperation like he was. He names three things that ultimately lead to finding the work you love.

#1 Become a self-expert and understand yourself.  

If you don't know what you’re looking for, you’re never going to find it. It’s on us to figure that out. Ask yourself: what kind of things do you like and what would you be willing to do for free if asked? What kinds of things do your friends call you for?

#2 Get in touch with what your soul is made of.

What values drive your decision-making hierarchy? The connection between what you care about is so important in work. If you work at a job in which you couldn't give a shit about, you simply won't be happy.

#3 Spend some time reflecting on experiences and how they apply to your life.

Look at people you admire and write down what about them inspires you. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with so take a look at who you have in your corner. Do your friends like the work they do? Are you surrounded my complacency?

When you put these things together,  you can define what success means for you and go from "how could I possibly do this?" to "how could I possibly not?" You will begin defining the work that you can’t not do.

Overall great listen. Do you have any advice for those who are stuck in a work rut? Let us know at @eatworkplayclt

Written by Christine  Edwards | @missedwardsclt

Public service is my jam. Lover of good wine and southern food.