Why do I go to work every day? Well, part of it involves the need for food, clothing and shelter....things we all need and even when we hate the work we do....these needs are powerful motivators.
Once those needs are fulfilled, then there are a whole bunch of motivators that help people get out of bed and get to work.
In my case, I don't have to do my job, I get to do my job....It's the challenge, to help, to influence, negotiate, and to interact with people; perhaps it's in an office, perhaps it's an industry. It's an opportunity to exercise your creativity, to learn new things to make a better world. The ability to touch other peoples lives, businesses and cultures.....to do something more than and bigger than just yourself!
Each day is a challenge in my working world and rarely are two days exactly alike. The accumulated experience you gain allows you to increase effectiveness, and hopefully, allows you to progress toward your personal and professional goals.
I tell people to enjoy the best times as they don't last forever and not to dwell on the bad times as they too will pass. Keeping focused on your goals helps carry you through the "not so pleasant" times. In a career, you will likely have many ups and downs.
If you don't have goals, if you are simply trading time for money, then you can expect to have a different work experience. You will have a job. And while many people enjoy having a job, I think true satisfaction comes from knowing where you're going, formulating plans to getting there and executing your plan.
If you don't know where you're going, any road gets you there.... and pick your road carefully as you're likely to be on it for a long time........hopefully you pick a career.........doing the work you enjoy, in a setting that helps you do the best work you're capable of and in the end, provides you with the satisfaction and rewards that move you and your family ahead.