Gandhi was known to have stated one of my favorite quotes in life many years ago…“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
I recently read an article (attached below) that reminded of this quote, but was discussing the difference between the paths that people choose when they are released into the working world. The author determined that there are three categories that people pursue:
- First, people can chose to work with a job mindset, meaning that you work for the money and for nothing else.
- Second, people can chose to work with a careerist mindset, meaning that you work for the prestige and the thrill of working up the system.
- Finally, the last category includes the people that chose to work in a job that they would consider their “calling.”
Of all of the categories, the author found that the only individuals that were truly happy in life were those that chose to work in what they considered to be their “calling.” These individuals end up giving more to their work and getting more out of it…emotionally, mentally, and often financially…because they feel that they are good at what they are doing and they are making a difference.
This is often the exact opposite of what we as humans believe, as we graduate from college, or find ourselves stuck in a position that we do not enjoy…especially in a rough economy. We typically believe that we need to make a lot of money in a job, or find the next best thing…especially in the athletic world…you are always looking for the next best technique for the competitive edge.
The challenge arises when you actually reach your goal…receive that promotion…attain your dream job. You do not want to feel stuck once you are there. All of the long hours and dedication towards the goal need to be worth it.
With all of this, remember that on average, people work around 2000 hours a year. For someone that works 35 years, this turns into an average of 70,000 hours during the lifespan of an average worker.
Take the time to find what type of job or role interests you…
Take the time to figure out what cause or solution for life you want to help…
Work towards a calling and change the world, for your happiness and for others.