“Do What Makes You Happy”: The Biggest Career Myth that’s Making You Unhappy

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“Do What Makes You Happy”: The Biggest Career Myth that’s Making You Unhappy

Episode 53

When you’re in a job that you hate, you probably think it’s the job that’s making you feel unhappy.

And to fix things, you need to find a job that you love so that you feel happier. But that just might be the worst thing to do.

Today on The Chantiluke Podcast, you’ll learn:

  • The biggest myth about happiness and work that’s making you unhappy

  • The key mindset shift you need to change your career for the better


You feel like you’re in a complete career rut. You job blows and you’ve got find a better one so that you feel happier.

The solution: Find a job that fits your personality. That allows you to fulfill your passions. Find a job that will make you happy. And then you will be happy.

Well my friend, it’s a total myth that the work that you do makes you happy. The real source of happiness comes from inside of you. I know, sounds so basic. But it’s so basic because it’s the truth.

I wish, I wish, I could have seen this earlier. Because if I did, I would have stopped chasing the “perfect” job and stopped waiting to be happy.

Think of it this way: If you were talking to a friend and they said “I just can’t wait until I meet my special someone because then I’ll be happy!”
You would lovingly try to convince your friend that their happiness should not be dependent on their partner. You would probably try to get them to see that they don’t need to wait to be happy.

Yeah, the same is true for you. Yes, you who dreads Mondays and leaps out of the office doors on Fridays.

One of my favorite quotes about the myth that work (or anything) makes you happy comes from Eckhart Tolle:

“The misperception that joy comes from what you do is normal, and it is also dangerous, because it creates the belief that joy is something that can be derived from something else, such as an activity or thing. You then look to the world to bring you joy, happiness.”

I love this quote because it reminds me where joy and happiness comes from. Not the outside in, but the inside out. And if you really want to be happy (at work, and in your life overall), you do not need to wait for things to happen.

So what are you supposed to do when you just seriously do not enjoy the work that you’re doing? Should you suffer in the job and never change it? No, absolutely not. Instead, start cultivating happiness right where you are. Even though things are not the way they “should” be.

The first step to feeling happy in your career is reclaiming your sense of power.

I believe what disturbs us the most about being in work that we do not like is that we believe we are powerless to change. We believe we’re put into miserable situations and since we had no control over how we got there, we have no control in getting out.

But this belief is also not true. You always have power, if not over other people or external circumstances, you always have power over your state of being.

Choose, in every moment, how you want to be: a victim or a participant in your own life.

The second step to feeling happy in your career is cultivating happiness, right where you are.

Ask yourself: What can you appreciate about this moment? Who are the people in your life that you appreciate? How can you bring your full attention into the smallest of actions that you are doing?

These are small but powerful ways to begin to cultivate your own happiness, no matter your job.

Start right where you are, with what you have and start to reclaim your own ability to make you happy.

Don’t leave it up to your job.


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