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Do you know what work is? April 16, 2011

Posted by howibecameawriter in Uncategorized.
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What does work mean to you? Is it just that thing you have to do every day for a paycheque at the end of the month? Or is it a career that you love so much it consumes your whole life and leaves room for little else? Is it a part of your life you hardly give any thought to and it just happens on auto pilot? Is it something you have sacrificed other things to do better in; less time with the kids for more time in the office to improve your chances of a good bonus at review time?

The below quote taken from Black’s Law Dictionary, describes employment as:

A person in the service of another under any contract of hire, express or implied, oral or written, where the employer has the power or right to control and direct the employee in the material details of how the work is to be performed.”

That might describe exactly how some of us see our work, being under the control of someone, telling us what to do; managing us. We sell the majority of our life to our employer – do we always get the best return on investment? I bet almost half of us wouldn’t think so (and the other half wouldn’t admit it anyway!). Seriously though, the time we spend away from our families each day is time we will never get back – still think you get the best deal?

I always envy people who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up – teacher, police officer, accountant etc. These people had only one thing on their mind and that was achieving their dream job. To them, it’s not work, it’s their vocation, what they were born to do. You can spot these kinds of people almost immediately, teachers in classrooms, nurses in hospitals, firefighters, working tirelessly to help others. Ironically, these groups of workers are also usually the ones campaigning for meager (and well earned) pay rises and improved employment conditions.

As idealistic as it might sound, the below quote I recently saw rings very true:

Focus on your passion and commitment – it will override your programming. Focus on your higher vision and purpose and do something you’re passionate about. Do what you love and love what you do.”

As hard as it is to break out of the corporate box and leave the comfort of a solid paycheque, sometimes that precious thing called life reminds you that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and do what you love. After all, we spend the majority of our week at work, surely it needs to be something you enjoy?

I hope as you read this you’re currently working at something you enjoy, or at least (like me) working towards it. Whichever it might be, here’s to our success and happiness!

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