How Most View Work. Which One Are You?

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“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”

― Sarah Kay


Yale Psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski has studied, how the mental conceptions we have of our jobs affect performance. From many years and hundreds of interviews in every conceivable profession, she found that employees have 1 of 3 “work orientations,” or mindsets about work. We view work as a Job, a Career or a Calling.

  • People with a “job” see work as a chore and their paycheck as the reward. They work because of a need and constantly look forward to the time off. 

  • People with a “career” work out of necessity, but also to advance and succeed. They are invested in their work and want to do well by a long stay. The longer they remain in this career will reap it’s rewards via length of time and promotion. They also look forward to time off or away.

  • Lastly, people with “a calling” view it as an end in itself.  Their work is fulfilling not because of external rewards such as money, recognition or advancement through ladder climbing. They feel it contributes to the greater good, draws on their personal strengths, and gives them meaning and purpose. People with “a calling” have passion, determination and personal development in their heart. What you perceive as arduous with a time frame, they view as love. They work harder than the “job or career” oriented previously mentioned. They don’t view it as work at all. They are more likely to get ahead. Distractions are growth inside itself and people are a vehicle through life lessons and stories. Time wasted is time achieved because there are no limitations. 

Closing Thought:

Doing something you love and getting paid for it is just a side-effect of having the courage to be yourself. Each goal you set for yourself and achieve, set another goal. Some maybe long term and others short. Do it in a relaxed calm way. Focus on the things you personally want out of your own life and not someone else. Write these things down and cross them off as you accomplish them.

Some goals are continuous ones that can never be checked off or crossed out on paper, IE: physical exercise, mental growth, health etc. Go at your own pace. It’s not a race. Compete with your own achievements and gradually develop your best self. This is where confidence is built and not set on some false ideals but on your own personal achievement.

The beauty in all this, is everyone living has an original and unique story. You will leave a story or legacy whether you try or not. What do you want yours to say about you? We are all Writers in this universe whether we acknowledge it or not. There’s no way around hard hard work so you might as well get on with it.👌

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