Are you in a job for which you are so ill-suited it is remarkable when your effort actually results in something that is not shameful? Is this illustrative of your working career? Are your days spent tackling the same horrifying series of tasks that despite your honest and sincere best efforts typically result in shame and humiliation? Given the number of people I know who not only do not love their jobs but actively hate them (when they’re honest with themselves and not trying to put the southern California happy face on it), there are a few yes’s out there.
Work is good. We were created to work.
The trouble with jobs like these is not how horrifying they are, but how far away that dream job looks when you’re in the middle of (yet another series of) humiliations for which you are paid but which leave you at the end of the day driving home a dry lifeless spiritless husk thinking only of the two beers on the top shelf of the refrigerator and wondering if that is going to be enough, and do I have any more streaming minutes left on my Netflix account? Far away indeed.
“This, too, shall pass” is good and true advice, but what happens after this has passed? Horrifying jobs pay the bills, but they damage the part of us that creates and retains hope. Hope is what pushes us to look up, beyond where we are toward what we desire, (perhaps even) toward what we were made for.
Let me offer a ray of hope to those who are in the midst of humiliation, or despair. His name is Simon Sinek.
Simon travels the world helping people uncover their passion, their raison d’etre, their Why. He understands that a man or woman working in their “why” lives a better life, and better lives lived make the world a better place for us all.
Grab that empty hope bucket and go to Simon’s website, and watch the four-minute video on fulfillment: http://www.startwithwhy.com/Learn/LearningLibrary.aspx?control=ViewGalleryPhotos&HideLink=1&GalleryID=10&photoID=&cat=14.
Then carve out eighteen minutes from your lunch hour or next break and watch his presentation “First Why, Then Trust.” http://www.startwithwhy.com/Learn/LearningLibrary.aspx?control=ViewGalleryPhotos&HideLink=1&GalleryID=10&photoID=179&cat=1.
You’ll be glad you did.