“What we do is a measure of who we are. If we imagine our work as labor, we become a laborer. If we imagine our work as art, we become artists”
- Jeffrey Patnande
EAT – IN
Work is an art. It is a life-long activity. It should not be seen as a “Labor”. The basis for success in one’s career is to love it and endeavor to improve on it daily. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
A job is a job. It’s a way to pay for a living but that’s it. Don’t let it define your happiness. You work to live , not live to work. Work on what makes you happy. However, when jobs are designed to match the capabilities of people, it results in better experience for the person doing it. Please note that you can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. Bear it in mind that the ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. A worker without genius is better than a genius who won’t work.
In every work environment there will be politics. If you really want to rise to the top, you need to figure out what those politics in your workplace are. Then, you hook it in. You decide what conforms and what does not to your personal code.
Marginality or mediocrity is a painful state of mind.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you find it.