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Work gives us Our Daily Bread and our Daily Purpose

Work has been said to provide us with both our daily bread and our daily purpose.  Work consumes a large part of our waking hours; therefore, it is important that we evaluate from time to time how we spend this large portion of our lives. In a survey conducted several years ago by the Wilson Learning Corporation, 1500 people were asked, “If you had enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, would you continue to work?”  More than two-thirds of respondents (70 percent) said they would continue to work, but 60 percent of those said they would change jobs and seek more satisfying work.These startling statistics point out that we must take the necessary steps now to ensure that our jobs are more meaningful and are in alignment with our personal mission and values.  Our mission should be to identify the steps we can take to make our jobs more meaningful right now. Does this mean that we change jobs?  Not necessarily, and especially in this tight economy and job market. The more likely prescription is to look closely at your current job and determine what steps can be taken to build more meaning and personal value into your current job. Some questions to begin the process:
  • Who are my customers?  Who is affected by my competence and commitment?
  • What do my customers expect from me, both formally and informally?
  • What knowledge, skills, experience, talents, and attitudes do I bring to my company?
  • How closely do I work with other employees?  Do we work as a team?
Begin to enjoy your own discovery process.  With the next post we will follow up with some even higher-level questions aimed at helping to discover even deeper value and meaning in our lives, both personally and professionally.
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Judy W Bell

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