Work ceases to be work and becomes a calling with practice and focus… who knew?
One night last week I was up at 3:00 am. My mind was racing so I got up to play on the internet. Brilliant solution, I know. Luckily, I came upon a book that sparked my interest and amazingly enough, it was about work.
The book is called, So Good They Can’t Ignore You and it discusses what makes some of us feel called to our work as opposed to those who merely love their work or see their work as just a job. The determining factor between a job and a calling surprised me in its simplicity and made me sit up straight and smile.
Sometimes I get a little worried that I have missed my professional, “calling.” I mean, I am 41 years old and haven’t been in any career longer than 8 years. I was a teacher for the longest stretch of my career, but I burned myself out so badly that I am not sure I will ever go back. I have had my own business but that didn’t stick. I love my work at Verity, but is being an MSR really as important as a calling? My ego that wants to be the CEO isn’t quite sure (don’t worry John, your job is safe for a few years).
Here is the scoop: those who felt their work was a calling simply were GOOD at their jobs. Not because they were somehow savants and fell into the absolutely perfect career. Not at all, though that was my assumption. Actually, the people who felt their work was a calling were good at their jobs because they focused on being GOOD AT THEIR JOBS. Bizarre, right?
Really. Is focusing on being good at performing a set of tasks enough to make one feel passionate about said tasks? Apparently.
Here is my question – will this philosophy make me a better wife, too?
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