While it's true that terrible jobs are often directly related to a horrible boss or boring, tedious work, things that can be hard to problem-solve, many people have found a way to enjoy what they do in spite of a few outstanding negatives. A recent study showed that 49.6% of people enjoy their jobs.
Even though almost half of employees like their jobs, if you're part of the 50.4% of people who don't, it can be hard not to see folks who love what they do as unicorns of the workplace. People who've been given access to the best jobs and opportunities and who have all the chips falling into place. The lucky ones.
But the truth is, more often than not, people who are satisfied with their jobs simply do a few things differently than everyone else — they don't necessarily have the best managers or a to-do list full of very important items. Here's what sets them apart: