3 Components of Job Satisfaction, by Michael Hyatt

3 Components of Job Satisfaction, by Michael Hyatt

You and I spend more time at work than any other single activity. Yet, I meet so many people who are unhappy in their job.

Business man showing Victory sign.


If we are going to experience true job satisfaction, we need to understand the components that make it possible. We’ll talk about this plus what to do if you hate your job.

Here are the three components that must be present for you to experience job satisfaction.

  • Component #1: You must have passion.
  • Component #2: You must be competent.
  • Component #3: You must have a market.

If you have all three of these components—passion, competence, and a market—you experience satisfaction. Few things in life are more rewarding. However, you have to be wary of having only two.

  • Passion + Competence – Market = A Hobby
  • Passion + Market – Competence = Failure
  • Competence + Market – Passion = Boredom

So, what do you do if you are in a job you hate?

Many people feel trapped in a job they hate but don’t believe they can quit. They feel stuck and, as a result, their life is miserable. If this describes you, here are seven strategies for making work more tolerable:

  • Strategy #1: Be thankful you are employed.
  • Strategy #2: Put your work in context.
  • Strategy #3: Determine the source of your dissatisfaction.
  • Strategy #4: Find someone to talk to.
  • Strategy #5: Fix what you can fix.
  • Strategy #6: Use your job to polish your character.
  • Strategy #7: Encourage a co-worker

If you really can’t stand your job, and you have done through the above steps, you need to make plans for a graceful exit. Life is too short to stay stuck in a situation that makes you miserable.

Sometimes you don’t have a choice. But often, you do. You just need a plan and the courage to take the first steps.


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