Yes, but not if you show up every day and execute a job description.
There is no inherent satisfaction in doing the bullet points of your job. Satisfaction is derived from bringing your best self to the bullet points and doing them in your unique way.
For example, I have a good friend who is a dentist. His job description may read like this:
He doesn't inherently love cleaning teeth or doing a root canal. But he does love this:
He would tell you that he didn't love dentistry, but he's grown to love being a dentist. How?
He applied his uniqueness to the job at hand.
He connects with his patients, teaches his hygienists, motivates and inspires his team, and gives advice and counsel as asked. He prepares himself to do so everyday by meditating, studying, and serving people. And this method has sustained him in a career he doesn't inherently love for more than 20 years.
So, before you leap from your current job in search of more fulfillment, check yourself against these questions:
Note that my dentist friend didn't change the nature of the work to find satisfaction. Cleaning teeth still happened. Root canals still occurred.
And neither should you.
You shouldn't have to stop lesson planning or filing people's taxes or creating law briefs or conducting geological surveys to love your work. But you may need to start bringing more of yourself to your work. And that requires self awareness. So get clear about this:
Hi! I'm Dustin.
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