There are only two reasons to come to work.

Fun and money.

And you have to have both.

One of them will not be enough. Not if you want to love what you do, that is.

Having a job where you get just one or the other often seduces you into thinking you have found your dream job.

But in most cases, that dream fades like a mirage as you realise a key ingredient of “job love” is missing.

And these days, where our jobs are typically so demanding, you simply have to have both elements for it all to be worth it.

But let’s dig into what I mean by “fun” and “money”.

Having fun

At work, “fun” is much more than just having a giggle.

Fun means working in a business where you believe in the vision and the ethos. That’s where “fun” begins.

To do a challenging job well, you have to be doing something that has meaning to you every day.

Fun on the job means working with people you like and respect. Fun at work includes collaboration, mutual support and a strong bond of shared goals.

Fun means winning more than losing, continuous learning, constantly growing as a businessman and doing something you know impacts people in a positive way.

That’s fun. And it includes traditional fun too.

That means a workplace where you can have a laugh, socialise easily, enjoy your colleagues’ company and celebrate group and individual success.

Having a job that enhances your self-esteem and sense of worth — that is fun.

Is that how it is for you where you work?

I believe that if you are going to thrive in any role, you need to have “fun” the way I define it here.

Making money

But what about “money”?

I don’t simply mean the amount you get paid, as important as that may be.

I mean working in a business that is financially successful, for a start.

If an organisation has a great product or service and delivers it well, it will thrive. And that is where you want to work.

Profit is not a dirty word. Profit is like oxygen. You don’t wake up every day with “profit” as your only goal, but like oxygen, you notice it when it’s not there.

Making money means an organisation can invest in people, learning, marketing and technology. And that is fun.

And “money” means getting a fair reward for the effort applied and the result achieved.

And that means if you are good at your job, you get well rewarded.

And financial success is important in only one way — it offers you more choices in life. And that leads you back to fun.

So there it is. You can read many books on employee engagement and motivation at work, but you don’t need them to evaluate whether you are in the right job.

Want to love what you do?

Work with the “twin sisters of the holy grail” — fun and money.