One of my favorite quotes ever comes from Steve Jobs who famously once said “Passion is the difference between having a job or having a career”.
When we graduate and embark on a new job, it doesn’t come with a GPS device or road map. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Careers and life in general will take many twists and turns over the years. Maybe you get promoted, or laid off or face relocation to a new state. You start your married life and possibly have children. Your values change as different things take priority.
All too often when people enter the workforce, they just want a J-O-B. For them it’s all about the paycheck and benefits. Having a job provides tangible rewards as you work to survive.
At some point your brain and heart click in and you figure out that what you really want is to have a career.
Now what becomes important to you is seeing a path ahead and being rewarded with a new title, bigger job, more recognition and ultimately more money. Coupled with this is a need for recognition and appreciation. Attaining these things is what has you believe that now you’ve got a good career going.
For a large percentage of the workforce, this is the ‘destination’ that they were looking for on their personal journey. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this as your goal. To have a fulfilling career is a great goal. But to some, there’s still something missing.
For this group, it’s all about a calling. Money is great, as is responsibility, advancement and recognition. What’s missing for many of us is that undeniable feeling that we don’t want to just survive but rather we want to THRIVE. Having a calling is getting up everyday knowing that we are doing what we are passionate about and knowing that we can impact lives by what we do.
In 2011 I was fortunate to be able to morph my career into a calling to speak to others about reengaging both in life and at work. The number one question I get when I speak to people around the country is “how do I make my passion my career and find my calling”.
Here are a few of my thoughts around working to thrive, not just survive:
Remember, anything good is worth waiting and working for.