“The most beautiful fate, the most wonderful good fortune that can happen to any human being, is to be paid for doing that which he passionately loves to do.” (Maslow)
Why do some of you treat work as nothing more than a source of income?
While others see their work as a career or even a sort of calling?
Psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski and her colleagues (2003) believe that workers experience their jobs in 3 manners: as a job, a career, and a calling.
A job is often perceived as an obligation, with an emphasis placed on monetary compensation rather than personal fulfillment.
You go to your job because you have to, not because you want to.
A career, on the other hand, has external motivations such as money, promotion, prestige, and power.
And when work becomes a calling then you see your work as a sort of mission, a sense of something beyond, and the work becomes a goal in itself!
The motivating factors are internal and on this path you experience self fulfillment.
The work is exciting, there is satisfaction, energy, and motivation to continue and persevere.
Work is seen as a privilege, not an obligation!
The development and management of a career is exactly that; it does not suddenly happen but is part of an ongoing process.
An ongoing process which includes important aspects such as planning, thinking, studying, creating opportunities, making informed decisions, developing, managing, being proactive, self marketing, making connections, being at the front, and so on.
It is evident to everyone that the way you perceive your job impacts your satisfaction with your work as well as other fields – family, relationships, personal growth, and more.
When you wish to experience meaning, interest, and enjoyment from your work your perception of the job is sometimes more important than the job itself.
Another important aspect of a career is reference to and focusing on reasons for enjoyment and meaning or alternatively failing to notice them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed that “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.” As is known, different people perceive the same event in entirely different ways and therefore their experience of it is different. Therefore, what you choose to focus on at work will determine to a great deal whether or not you will enjoy what you are engaged in. at times a change of perception can lead to a significant change and at times there is no need to search for the change outside.
It is important to remember! Self fulfillment and enjoyment are the combined product of the occupation you choose alongside your perception of it at different points in time.
“You are in the place where your thoughts are. Make sure your thoughts are in the place you want to be.” (Nachman of Breslov)