Ever feel like the only people who tout doing what you love are the ones who have jobs that seem unreal or unattainable to everyday people? I would love to be a taste tester for The Great British Bake Off. Since I haven't gotten that call yet, what's left? I have been a grocery store bagger, a carpet cleaner, a pharmacy technician, an educator and a coach - among a myriad of other things. And let me tell you, cleaning carpets during the summer months in Arizona is some sweaty, stinky work. I certainly would never say I was "doing what I love" that summer. And yet, when I look back on even my most gnarly jobs - shoveling horse poop - There are things that I could have loved about them. Now don't get me wrong, at the time, I was not in love with what I was doing. But I could have been!
A 2015 Forbes article lays out the difference between doing what you love and loving what you do. And the bottom line might be a little surprising: It isn't really about you.
If you are feeling "disengaged, dissatisfied, and frustrated at work" - coaching might be able to help you shine a light on how you can love what you do or uncover what you need in order to love what you do.