“They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.”
—Sir Francis Bacon, 15th century British philosopher and statesman
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If time is the coin of life, how are you currently investing yours? A frequent coaching exercise for individuals who wish to master this elusive resource is a Time Log.
It begins by tracking professional and personal chunks of time in a log. The next step is evaluating not only where that time is spent, but also the level of satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness experienced.
Sadly, statistics point to well over 50% and up to almost 70% of people experiencing reluctance and significant dissatisfaction in their vocational efforts. Perhaps we need to shift from the idea of “that’s why it’s called work,” to a far more enjoyable and engaging perspective.
To what extent do you wake up with an “I don’t want to ____” view of your current job or career? How would pursuing a vocation that far better suites your nature provide a stronger foundation for a richer and happier life?
“Do More Great Work!”
—Michael Bungay Stainer, Sr. Partner at Box of Crayons
I am currently reading the book Mastery by Robert Greene, with great fascination. The subject of mastery has intrigued me all my life. This brilliant analysis includes stories of a wide variety of historic and current masters, and how their life journeys evolved.
Fundamental to the majority of these stories is a clear and authentic passion for the type of work or activity the subjects pursued. Each person tapped into their own gifts and unique abilities, and combined them with an unstoppable drive to pursue, develop, and contribute their talents to the world.
What does doing more great work mean to you? How can you do less bad work, or stop both the bad and even some good work, to make room for more great work in the year ahead?
Consider making the book Mastery a must read for 2016.
Another favorite I am sure you will enjoy is Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stainer, author of today’s quote.
“Do what you love and love what you do. There’s no better way to a happier you!”
– Dr. Seuss, children’s author
About a month ago, my wife Wendy gave me the gift of a “thought for the day” Dr. Seuss desk display. I have to admit that it wasn’t until I was stumped for a good quote that I sought the wisdom of the dear Doctor.
To me, the quote above is one of the most meaningful as it points to the very nature of how we spend our time, and the level of happiness we experience through our vocations.
Download the Yes Magazine Happiness Poster entitled 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy from:
… or reply to me and I will send it to you.
“Our job is the excuse through which we get to love people.”
What percent of your life do you spend engaged in work? For the sake of today’s quote, I’m going to define work as our vocation, or the way we earn a living.
For the person working Monday through Friday, a minimum of 8 hours a day (who does that these days?) work represents approximately one fourth of our life. If the song lyrics from the Beatles tune are true, and all you need is love, or the old song love makes the world go round, then perhaps Desai is really on to something.
How can you view your daily work efforts as an act of love, contribution and generosity, instead of something to get through on the way to your weekend?