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Do you love your job as much as Obama loves his?

Mark Cuban. Barack Obama. The cast of SNL. Paris Hilton. These are people who clearly love their jobs. These are people who just ooze happiness when they are performing what they do. (Although, in the case of Paris Hilton, we’re not entirely sure what she does exactly…)

This got me thinking about what it takes to really love a job, especially one less glamorous than Chief of State or celebrity socialite. Particularly when it comes to nonprofit jobs, is the satisfaction we get from contributing to positive change in the world enough to make us fall in love with work?

To get to the bottom of this, I talked to the happiest guy I know: Kevin Flynn, Director of Client Services at Commongood Careers. (This is not to say that the rest of our staff is not exceedingly satisfied. Kevin just turns his love to eleven.)

According to Kevin, job-love is all about the “who.” As in the people he gets to work with and for. He said that it’s the ability to interact with some of the most fascinating and inspiring people and organizations in the country, on a daily basis, that lets him love what he does.

So there you have it. It’s not always what we do, but who we do it with and for. Let that be a lesson to anyone who works alone in a cave.

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