Doing The Work

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?  Maybe that’s the wrong way to phrase that.  How would you occupy your time if you didn’t have to worry about the bills being paid and could live pretty much as you’re living now?  Would you hold down a job?  Would you travel?  Would you live where you’re living?

Men inside workshop in Melbourne

(Photo credit: IMLS DCC)

I have a friend who is a little older than I am and I happen to know has plenty of money in the bank.  Not enough to have a jet and a string of mansions, but more than most people will ever have.  He can live any way he chooses and work or not work as he sees fit. He just started another job a couple of weeks ago.  I asked him why he was working and he said because he likes it.  He enjoys the challenges and has been a senior executive at a number of companies during his career.  He is engaged.  Most of us are not.  Time reported on a Gallup study:

According to Gallup, 30% of U.S. employees are “engaged” at work, which the polling organization defines as those “who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and contribute to their organization in a positive manner.” The rest of us are “emotionally disconnected” from our workplaces, making us much less likely to be productive. Fifty-two percent of employees says they are basically “checked out” at work, and 18% say they’re so unhappy they’re actually acting out their unhappiness in the workplace. “Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish,” Gallup’s report says.

So to start the work week, let’s all take a step back as figure out if we’re ready to do the work.  Maybe if we’re even wanting to do it at all.  Do we want a promotion because it means more money or do we want it because it reflects the effort we’ve put in at a task we enjoy?  Are we interested in developing our minds or our wallets?  Can we combine our avocations and our vocation?  After all, while it’s not called “work” because it’s meant to be fun, I know it can be.  It can also suck.  The choice is yours.

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