How you think of your work determines where it will take you and how you stay motivated throughout the day. Are you there simply for a paycheck or for some greater purpose? Imagine three people, all with the same job, but all with different perspectives. They do the same tasks, but their motivation is completely different. How does it affect their happiness, their future, and what they accomplish? Here are three examples…
When asked why they work they respond: “I’m doing the work to pay my bills, provide food for my family and to live my life day to day.” Paychecks come and paychecks go so I need to continue working to support my life. Worker one doesn’t feel like they’re gaining any particular purpose from their job, they don’t think much for tomorrow, and they only do what’s necessary. I’d be willing to wager that this is the majority of workers at the moment,especially those who’ve been rooted in a job without having to search for new work.
When asked why they work they respond: “I’m doing this job to learn job related skills, to advance in this field, and because I like the job.” I plan on being this profession my whole life and perhaps advancing in this field. I have a friend who’s a cop and this is why he works. He enjoys the profession and money is a by product of what he enjoys. This isn’t a bad spot to be in. This type of worker plans on being in this profession their whole lives.
When asked why they work they respond: “I’m doing this work because it’s part of a future plan.” This person is doing this job for a big reason and is powered by a big why. It may be a home flipper who’s starting from scratch who one day wants to build skyscrapers, a soldier who wants to become a General, or someone who sees the output of the work (money) as a tool for another purpose. For example someone could be working towards early retirement and financial freedom so their job doesn’t matter much to them since it will simply allow them freedom to do things they enjoy more than working in any type of job. They’re working for a goal, a vision, the future and making sacrifices today to make it happen so the job that makes that happen isn’t necessarily the tough part. Worker three is driven by a bigger purpose rather than a task related purpose.
Based on the three examples above, which worker are you?
Worker 1 who lives paycheck to paycheck, worker 2 who enjoys their field and the job, or worker 3 who works for a bigger purpose beyond the job title?
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