I have almost always enjoyed the work I do — well, except maybe for doing lawn mowing and weedeating at a state park when I was 16, my first ‘formal’ job.
I readily admit I have few, if any, hobbies that don’t relate somehow back to my work — and make me better for my work.
I’ve never really needed an outlet from my job. I don’t enjoy home remodeling projects, or gardening, or having a lawn that is like a golf green. And I stopped apologizing for that a long time ago.
Work is just fun for me. And for the most part, it always has been something I’ve cherished and looked forward to each day.
I counted it up … unlike my parents who have held a handful of jobs in their life, I’ve had roughly 13 jobs since I was 16. And most likely I’m not done yet, even though I found a job that changes every day and challenges me unlike any other. (Yes, I am an entrepreneur.)
But sadly, for the majority of people I’ve met in my life, work is a four-letter word.
To them, work sucks. And that’s a tragedy.
Work should be about fulfilling your purpose while pursuing your passions. It should be able using your time and talent for something that creates value for you and others and makes a difference.
That’s why I love my work. It aligns with who I am and my reason for being. So I get gratification not just from my paycheck, but from making a difference in my world.
So over the years, I’ve held, refined and developed several core beliefs about work nd will be using this blog as an outlet for my passion of work that rocks. Some of these thoughts are:
- Work should be the profitable pursuit of passion and purpose. It is the intersection of your talents, skills and strengths, blended with doing something helps others and offers value them value … whereby they willingly pay you for it.
- If you’re happy at work, you’re more likely to be happy in every other area of your life. (See Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements)
- If you’re not happy at work consistently, you should change it before it changes you for the worse. (Or it adversely affects others.)
- Everyone should be on an upward path of learning and growing. No one has magically “arrived.”
- Starting a reading addiction is an essential component of lifelong learning.
- Sometimes if you can’t find a job that suits you, you have to create one yourself.
Those are just some of the things about work that resonate with me and that I’ll be expanding upon here at PurposefulPaychecks.com.
I also want to use this blog to share my views on what the next generation of workers need to be doing and preparing for, like how to be a valuable asset to any employer, how to be a professional and the right view and management of your personal finances.
I’ll be sharing these from my perspective as an employee … and also a manager.
This blog has been a long time coming. And I’m excited about sharing!
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