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Do what you love-It’s not just about the money

Going to bed anxious and dissatisfied? Waking up depressed? Feeling absolutely blank in the afternoon? Maybe it’s time to dive into work that means something more to you than just a paycheck.

Too often we are afraid to take one of the biggest risks anyone could take: leaping into an unknown area or career. We choose to stay in that cubicle or bending over that fax machine, not because the pay is good or because we believe a good work ethic somehow means we have to suffer to get paid. We stay because we are afraid. Good work makes you become more fully alive. It leaves you feeling almost…proud.

Let’s face it. Work is supposed to be hard, sometimes boring, and difficult. That’s why you’re getting paid to do it. Nothing is wrong with working a job you hate that provides for your family or helps your kids through college. But what if there’s a better fit for you out there, and what if it’s a worthwhile risk to reach for it?

Humanizing work is work that matters to you, where you can see results, and go home proud. Taking pride in one’s work is not the same thing as being prideful. It’s a measure of your humanity. Masons and car mechanics and plumbers and college professors can all go home proud because they can do something others cannot, and they can do it well.

Don’t just sleep your way through your life and your work. Your life is meant to be so much more than a series of casualties or fortuitous mistakes. Do you spend your nights around the dinner table complaining because your work is unsatisfying or can you find the innovative way to do something original, different, creative?

Believe in what you are doing. Period. And if you cannot believe in your job, if you cannot find a sense of pride in your labors, do the hard work of finding your niche, that one amazing-odd-difficult job that will make you become more fully alive, more fully human. Only then will your work ethic become more than a kind of martyrdom, a slow weakening. Having a strong work ethic will be a source of strength.
Tyler Blanski & Sherri Rosen, Sherri Rosen Publicity, NYC


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