I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. For me, there’s definitely a higher sense of purpose than the paycheck. For me it’s about incentives. I need to know that what I’m doing matters to those that are important to me. More specifically, do the results of my labor positively impact those nearest and dearest to me? For my family that means, do they respect how I work as well as what I try to do. Can they, as a result of my work, get the things they want in life and develop a sense of what is and isn’t important. I hope the answer is yes. Atleast that’s what I’m striving for.
Outside my family, it’s about how I affect the world at large. Does what I do help sick people, help make communities better, help kids get educated, etc… All that stuff is important to me. But I think those kind of things are judged best over time.
I was reading a bio of Muhamad Ali and what struck me is the impact his life has had over the decades. This guy almost singlehandedly made it OK for people to protest wars, stand against governments, be individuals, be black and be outspoken. None of these things were possible before Ali. His life was profound in so many ways…and his JOB was to be a fighter. The point is, I don’t think it matters much what a person does for a living but how they affect those around them.
That’s why I work.
All the freaking time lately, but I’m having fun.