How do you “make a living” . . . AKA earn money to pay for your needs and wants?
Do you have a JOB . . . or is it a Career?
If it’s a job, is this job a short term gig or a professional pursuit?
Are you enthusiastic about “going to work”, and do you feel fulfilled or empty at the end of each day?
Whatever it is, does it feed your soul?
Yesterday, I saw a facebook post that simply asked: What do you do for a living?
Without much thought at all, I typed: “I Help people (Organizations) self organize to find resolution to important and complex issues.”
That surprised even me because, for all these years, I’ve never had this level of clarity about “what I do to make a living.”
Arguably, I am entering my 5th “career” in my 40 years as a working man. Restaurant Manager – US Army Combat Engineer Officer – Real Estate Sales Professional – Real Estate Principal Broker & Owner of Pareto Realty – and am “spooling up” career #5 – Author and Open Space Technology “trainer & consultant” (Whatever that means).
I’m currently writing a book about what I really do for a living, and this has helped me understand that, regardless of which “job” I had, I was always doing the same thing for a living.
In each of these careers, what I was REALLY doing was: “Helping people and Organizations self organize to find resolution to important and complex issues.”
Through the years, I’ve called this a lot of different things – Coaching, training, leading, following, practicing . . . but in the end at the core, I’ve had ONE career with with 5 different “jobs”.
So . . . what’s the essence of you?
How does who you are (your passion) define what you consistently bring to the table when you are doing the work of your job?
Most importantly . . . Why might it be important for you to pause your busy self for a few moments to think about stuff like this?
I’d love to hear your “results” . . . I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.