“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs, February 1955- October 2011
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Confucius, 551-479 BC
Parents often desperately seek out ABA professionals who seem to love what they do. Many parents might not know that is what they are looking for... parents might say they want someone who is energetic, or outgoing, or punctual, or open to feedback, etc. But all of those qualities are really the behaviors of an individual who is passionate about what they do for a living.
Just like any other profession there are ABA professionals who dislike or even hate their job. Fortunately, the apathy these people have for their career is usually quite apparent. Like a bad teacher, a bad ABA therapist is easy to spot. These people just don't seem to care; they are always irritated or frustrated with something or someone.
Parents often say to me that they wish there was some test to give to verify that a potential therapist will be kind to their child, patient with their child, and ethical. I would say that there is a character trait that leads to all of those behaviors: its Passion. Excellent ABA therapists are full of passion about the field of ABA.
I can attest that when you do what you love for a living, you really do stop "working".