Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
Jason was hired right out of college to work as a writer of corporate training materials. He was an English major with a 4.0 grade point average and a penchant for skit comedy. Super bright, he quickly moved to tougher and tougher assignments and earned a series of pay raises and promotions in record time. He was well liked by all and viewed as a real star on the team.
So, Kevin, his manager, was more than a little surprised when Jason told him one morning, "I just can't write anymore. I'm sorry to let you down, but I'm resigning."
Kevin assumed that Jason was just having a really bad day, or a stressful week in a tough month. "Hey, J, why don't we just take a break, we'll restructure the work a little bit . . ."
"No, you don't understand. I've thought a lot about this. I don't like to write. I don't want this to be my job in 20 years. I love the people here, I love the company, I'm proud of our work, but it's just not the work that I like to do," was Jason's response.
Kevin was a little puzzled. "Well, what do you want to do?"
"I helped run a coffee shop when I was in college and I loved it. I want to go into food service."
How could someone trade in a fast track white- collar job for food service? Kevin reacted without empathy, in a knee-jerk fashion and started talking about the low pay and long hours on your feet. ...