If you’re on the internet for any length of time, you’ll come across a whole subculture of people who have essentially escaped their cubicle and are working for themselves, doing work that they choose and – most importantly – enjoy doing.
Now, I do NOT believe you have to quit your job and work for yourself to be happy. There are plenty (plenty) of people who really love their traditional, salaried job.
Nor do I believe that your 40-hour-a-week job is necessarily the way to be happy. There are plenty of people who are content in their day job and use their “free time” to really do what they love.
These people have found their Great Work – either in their 9-5 job, or volunteering after work, or making their home and taking care of their family.
What is your Great Work?
What keeps you up at night – brain racing with ideas?
What is the first task you’re always eager to complete every morning?
What is always the best part of your day? That action you really feel gifted at doing and feel like you could do the rest of your life?
For some of us, this may be the long-underappreciated work of being a stay-at-home mom. For others, this may be the I-can’t-believe-they-pay-me-to-do-this position for a major corporation.
And everything in between.
What most identifies your Great Work is – it is never thought of as a job (at least by you). Your Great Work is what you were put on earth to do. Your Great Work is something you make your very own – and no one else could do it better than you. Your Great Work is that exciting task you can’t stop thinking about and would do whether you got compensation for it or not.
I’ve alluded to this in the past – my Great Work is something that actually makes a difference (even if it is not the cure to cancer).
My Great Work is something I find myself doing every day in some form.
My Great Work is something that I forgo cleaning the house or doing grocery shopping to work on (obviously my Great Work is NOT being a housewife).
My challenge to you is really think about what your Great Work is. Explore. Learn to love and accept it as your Great Work.