“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” - Confucius told these words thousands of years ago. I believe almost everyone has heard about this - we need to look for jobs that we love. However if you can’t choose such career path like me, force your brain to love what you do. Either way we need to love our job. Prominent scientist and former president of India APJ Abul Kalam add some spice on it - “Love your job but don't love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you”. This quotation is not entirely self-explanatory. Entrepreneurs won’t be happy after hearing this. I will try to explain you in what extent you should or shouldn’t love your company and why?
I agree that we should not fall in love to our company so much that we put long hours regularly. It has adverse effect on one’s health moreover it will lead towards more mistakes in work which eventually kinda loss of both party. It means, during office hours, we need to accomplish our work with quality. But all quality products do not add value to a company. Let me give you an example. I’m a programmer, I love quality coding. I don’t love building fragile web application that has poor performance. I love to make my web application very secure and scalable. Once in my company, we were about to have a contract with a prominent company. We must sent over data from our end to their end within a week. In order to do that I needed to prepare an working script very quickly otherwise we would lose the project. I had to give high priority on adding value to company over my love of beautiful coding. In such cases we need to love our company more than our job.
Another interesting benefit of loving your company is enriching your own career. Most of us are not that much self-motivated to get out of our comfort zone. We do up to our limit what we perceive. Here comes the role of the team or the company on pushing out the boundaries. Company pushes us to do what is worthy for the business, what is actually valuable rather than what we think is valuable. Without the love to our company, we won’t do that discomforting works happily. And unhappy works do not give the best result. If we love our company, care its growth, we will go extra mile that eventually help to enrich our experience as well as resume.
There is an african proverb - If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. You need to be a good team player if you want to achieve bigger success. Think your company as a large team where you may give technical support whereas your hr department is making sure your salary disbursement is on time, your management invests money and takes risks, sales and marketing team is communicating with outer world. All together becomes a successful team where every sub-team depends on each other. Without the love of the team you cannot become a good team player and cannot handle the conflicting situations. Suppose there is an out of scope tasks before you, you may pass the task to another and another department will try to pass back or pass that to another department. Such kind of task passing in team or company will eventually drive towards failure. But if you love your company, you will consider this as your own problem and solve thereby. Thus love of your company is beneficial for going far as a big team.
Although most of the time you can pursue on your regular tasks what you love, but we need to love our company enough to give higher priority on boring/out of scope tasks over our love some times. In order to accomplish more, we must love our team which in a broad sense our company. And last but not the least, we need to love our company because it gives us the platform of our loved work and helps us to get experienced on some extra stuffs what you might not find otherwise. Finally I would like to say “love your job and don’t forget to love your company”.