“There’s nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare
In a great post for allWrites it by writer Simon Stoltsof Ikigai, The Japanese term for meaning in life. (And one I’ve written about before.) Stoltsof says that perhaps the most famous capital chart in the world is related to career counseling. “Four circles intersect: in what you are good at, what you love, what you can be paid for and what the world needs. At their intersection lies the holy Ikiga, the ‘reason to be you’.”
But he goes on to say this when we apply Ikigai Just working, we miss the point. He writes, “As the Japanese neuroscientist Ken Mogi Author, Ikigai is simply a reason to “wake up to joy”. It can be as small as taking your dog for a walk or a cup of tea in your afternoon. “
Stolzof writes that he was once a serious head of poetry who believed that finding meaningful work was one of the most important tasks in his life. But then he met one of his idols, “a poet named Anis Mujagani. At the time, Mujani was at the pinnacle of his acting. He had just won back-to-back titles at the National Individual Poetry Slam. He was the first person I met in my life to make a living. “From writing and performing. He traveled the world to give speeches on college campuses and open to musicians. He was a veritable rock star, my professional idol.”
He asked him about choosing a career, convinced that Mojani would tell him to follow in his footsteps. But he did not. Instead he said something that struck Stolzuf (and me) as deep and true, but hidden from most of us workers. “Work will always be work. There are people who work and do what they love. Other people work so they can do what they love when they are not working. Nor more noble.”
We look forward to a lot of our work. We expect them to pay enough to fund the lifestyle we want, provide a challenge, a creative outlet and a social network. Some people drift from job to job, even from career to career, and seek meaning and joy in their job. What if this is the wrong approach?
Two thoughts on that. I have very strong preferences and do not like; For me, almost everything comes down to “damn yes, or no.” I never understood how people could choose a career that seemed to me like hard work. I was amazed that there are people in the world who choose to invest all day in things I am afraid of: cleaning the house, mowing the yard, balancing accounts, making taxes.
For some, their work falls into the sweet spot of “things people will pay me to do” and “things I’m good at.” Happiness does not take into account that they have a rich life outside of work that brings them joy. Whatever they are passionate about, spending time with pets or children, making music or knitting, will not pay the bills. So they work to afford the time they spend in what brings them joy.
Others have learned to find joy in what they do. They learned to appreciate the satisfaction of a job well done, to be proud of improving their skills and building their expertise. They appreciate the joy, relief and gratitude of their clients for their work.
Stoltzof writes, “Meaning is not something we are given; it is something we create. And as with any act of creation, it requires time and energy. He quotes the philosopher John Dewey,” ‘We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflection on experience.’ The same can be said about creating meaning – we create meaning through reflection. “
In other words, no job is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Do what you love, or love what you do. Nor more noble.
Candice’s background includes human resources, recruitment, training and evaluation. She spent several years at a nationwide staffing company, serving employers at both beaches. Her writing on business, career and employment has appeared in the Florida Times Union, the Jacksonville Business Journal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and 904 Magazine, as well as several national publications and websites. Candice is often quoted in the media on local labor market and employment issues.
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