To be or not to be?
J.D.’s post today at Get Rich Slowly highlighted a conversation he had with a friend about their jobs and how much they hate them. Much of the conversation dealt with his friend Wayne’s outlook on his job, how he felt limited to work that made other people happy or not upset.
Many of the the comments to his post had a common theme or response: “If you’re young, figure out what you want to do now and go for it,” “My current job is okay, but it doesn’t make me happy,” and “Having a job that is fulfilling is luxury.” I was surprised and saddened by the lack of hope and focus in these comments.
One of the reasons I whole-heartedly believe what Dave Ramsey teaches is that he is giving people hope. Having a job that only serves to pay bills and provide for your family is lack of hope. It is unamerican. Living in America, only you are responsible for the life you have.
I firmly believe that everyone was created for a purpose. Meaningless and unfulfilling jobs are our attempt to find happiness outside of that purpose. It doesn’t matter whether you are 20 or 60, you are responsible for finding out what your purpose is on this earth. Only then will you be happy. Viktor Frankl said it best: “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”
So how do you figure out what your purpose is and what you are meant to do? That’s up to you. But, remember these three things:
-Your vocation is your calling, purpose, mission, destiny.
-Your career is a line of work, not necessarily your calling.
-Your job is your daily activity that produces income.
What are you becoming as a result of your job or career? That should be your motivation to find something that is meaningful and fulfilling.