Everybody hates something about the concept of work-hey they don’t call it “work” for nothing! Whether your boss is a hag, your co-workers petty or you don’t much care for your commute – work in general, is well work. Could you imagine what it would be like if you did not have to work for a living? What if the concept of work was not something that made your skin crawl but was actually something you looked forward to each and every morning? How many people do you know (except maybe some starving artists) who can actually say they love what they do and look forward to going to work everyday? Work was not intended to be the thing you do to pay your bills although for many that is all it is.
Work is meant to make you feel challenged, excited, accomplished, exhilarated and feel as though you are ready to take on the world whether you are helping others or helping yourself. Work is the thing you define not the thing that defines you. Having a sense of purpose, giving back to the world and making a difference whether you clean streets or save lives, is what the concept of work is intended to propose.
We all whine about something we hate about our current work situation. You like the work but wish it were steady, or you love the boss but hate the company or you hate the boss and love the company, the pay is too low, the work is repetitive, you could have a bigger office or an office at all, the benefits could be better and the list goes on. All the whining and moaning may make you feel better but for once in your life you’d love to wake up and run to work just to make the most of your glorious day.
If we all felt that passion, that relentless need and desire to move towards our life goals, than your job would become more than a dirty four letter word-WORK. Wouldn’t it be nice to think how you can revolutionize the way you approach your work and create a meaningful and fun experience for yourself? If this is where you spend most of your time wouldn’t it be nice to do something that made you happy instead of putting a knot in the pit of your stomach.
Think about all the people in other countries and civilizations that work to survive-I mean literally. They work for their food, shelter and to support their communities. Working is not just something they do it’s something they have become. You can work to pay the bills or you can choose to strive for something more in your life. You can bitch and moan about how bad you have it and that no one appreciates you at work or you can move ahead and get out of your own way and do something great for yourself.
Finding your true career purpose is not a trick question. You are not meant to try this or that in order to figure out who you want to be when you grow up. Your job or work or career, however you choose to define it is meant to challenge you to add something better to the world and bring the gifts you have to the table to not only put food on yours, but to hopefully make the rest of your job world a better place.
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