This is a topic that has filled many books, so let me give you the short version.
If you are considering changing your occupation, here are some essential factors you might want to consider. If you are an owner or manager, this might help you also.
Starting at the top, here are some fundamental
factors affecting the perception of work as pleasure or pain:
Almost any work is satisfying if you can do it at your own pace.
most interesting work in the world can be made unbearable, if you are
forced to do it in a sequence and at a pace that is not of your own
Job satisfaction is actually more important than the
money you take home. That is why acknowledgment from your peers and
managers can easily make up for a lower salary.
Any job that
requires you to lie for others will eat you out from the inside until
you are no longer able to look at yourself in the mirror.
People will work unbelievable hours for little or no pay if they know they are helping to make the world a better place.
People will perform miracles working for a manager they trust.
If you are a manager or owner of a business, you
might also want to look at your current work environment and see if you can make
some adjustments that will incorporate these factors. It could make a huge difference in the viability of your company.
Wishing you the best…
(An earlier version of this was written in 2005)