HOW TO CREATE THE JOB YOU LOVE… WITHOUT QUITTING
Published in Issue #6 | AUTUMN 2016
B e n Fa n n i n g
I woke up sweating in the middle of the night with the weight of a
bowling ball on my chest. I had a premonition of having a heart
attack one day because of my daily stress, job and family history,
but I never dreamed it would happen in my 30s!
I was ashamed to tell anyone, so I hurried alone into the ER. After
some tests the doctor said, “Ben, you’re having a panic attack.”
This wake-up jolt helped me recognize that I was headed for a
meltdown. Something had to change. This terrifying moment
became my turning point into an amazing journey toward more
job satisfaction, success in my day job, and eventually launching a
business to help others do the same…
FROM BURNOUT TO #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR
When I burned out and almost quit I heard an inner voice challenging
me: “Why not stay…but stay differently?”
Keep the steady paycheck, insurance, 401k, but begin to change my
approach to the job I had.
This mental shift changed my whole trajectory and quickly increased
my enjoyment and success. Within six months, concrete results
showed up for me in moving up in my organization even being
featured in the company newsletter that went out to 100,000
And my home life improved tremendously… I came home with
renewed energy and excitement to share my “wins” for the day with
my family—a routine we still have today. I began exercising again
and living a healthier life.
This momentum carried me into new territory, as I began helping
others. I launched my #1 bestselling book around this idea — The
QUIT Alternative: The Blueprint for Creating the Job You Love WITHOUT
Now I help others as a keynote speaker, consultant, and author.
Today, I’ll offer you three quick steps so you can begin creating the job
you love. My intention is to make these so straightforward that you
can improve your day job within 2 hours of completing the article.
STEP 1: ENGAGE WITH THE POTENTIAL
OF YOUR CURRENT JOB
Instead of focusing on how limiting your job is or fantasizing about
quitting, make a conscious decision to make your current job
something worth investing in.
Treat your job description as “clay on the wheel”. It’s easy to let a
job description confine you to work you’re tired of or just don’t like.
Instead of your job description being finite, consider it to be the “clay
on the wheel” that you will mold in a way that not only meets your
company’s needs BUT ALSO satisfies your potential.
Right Now: Dream bigger about your current job.
“INSTEAD OF FANTASIZING ABOUT GETTING THE PERFECT JOB,
GET ON A MISSION TO CREATE THE ONE YOU LOVE.”
Consider your job description as a starting point for your job, not the
end point. What does that mean about the possibilities for creating
something new for your work day? Write that down now. You’ll use it
in a later exercise.
STEP 2: DISCOVER THE WORK THAT DOESN’T
FEEL LIKE WORK
Work that plays to your natural strengths, passion and skills doesn’t
feel like work. Spending the day on inspiring work is less depleting,
and you’ll find yourself more confident and more inclined to be
generous with your time.
Begin by clarifying which tasks deplete you. Everyone finds some
aspects of their job to be a grind, but most people don’t take the time
to figure out exactly which tasks these are. Become aware of which
activities drain and deplete you.
Right Now: List the top three tasks in your job that deplete your
Clarify which tasks motivate you. Sometimes it’s more difficult to
recognize which work motivates you because the experiences that
play to your strengths and passions may become invisible to you.
Right Now: List the top three work tasks that motivate you.
STEP 3: CAMPAIGN FOR THE WORK YOU LOVE
Getting more work that motivates you won’t happen by luck.
Campaigning for it will help you create the job you love.
Review your list of depleting work and tweak it to make it more
motivating. It may not be realistic to eliminate all the work that wears
you out, but you can modify it to play to your strengths. The only
way I could survive an Excel analysis was to schedule a presentation
to share the findings. I could then approach the required work with
Also collaborate with coworkers who actually like to do the draining
tasks that you don’t. Thankfully, humans are unique individuals who
love different things. Avoid complaining, but stay on the lookout for
collaborators with different skills and interests. This step might sound
unusual, and that’s because it is. Challenge the mentality you should
all strive to be good at everything instead of tapping into each other’s
The result is a happier workday and continual progress towards a
more satisfying career.