I truly believe that work shouldn't feel like work.
Life is simply far too short to be bored or miserable (or both) for such a large portion of the time you spend awake. You deserve to have a job that fulfills you, that taps into your passions, that brings you joy--for the most part, anyway.
And if you're waking up each morning dreading the day, then it's time to find something new. Because putting up with a business or career you don't love doesn't serve you at all. It can negatively impact your physical, mental, and emotional health, and it's not so great for your interpersonal relationships, either.
Below are 27 quotes that will hopefully motivate you to overcome ambivalence and fear and to jumpstart the search for work you love.
"Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined." - Johnny Carson
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you." - Maya Angelou
"There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?" - Warren Buffet
"Yes, I've made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it ... I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side--I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever." - Stephen King
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." - Gloria Steinem
"I think the foremost quality--there's no success without it--is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there's no success if you don't do well what you're working at." - Malcolm Forbes
"The law of work seems unfair, but nothing can change it; the more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make." - Mark Twain
"Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself." - Alice Walker
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C. S. Lewis
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
"When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page." - Eileen Caddy
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison
"Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." - Alan Cohen
"There is no passion to be found in playing small--in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela
"Success doesn't come to you, you go to it." - Marva Collins
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Don't be defined by your past, your past is the tutor of your present and is always preparing you for new experience. Forget about disappointment or any past mistakes that is keeping you from moving forward. It's never too late for a new beginning." - Kemmy Nola
"The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from the shore." - Dale Carnegie
"Success isn't about how much money you make; it's about the difference you make in people's lives." - Michelle Obama
"What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team." - Benjamin F. Fairless
"I am convinced that most people can achieve their dreams and beyond if they have the determination to keep trying." - Howard Schultz
"Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it." - Katharine Whitehorn
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius