What really gives you joy? What makes you really proud of yourself? It’s had to say. For me it’s after I have done a really good job. I mean that time you look at yourself and you know you have done something really good.
As Seth Godin said, it is not when you have done the job. But when you have done the work that matters. The job is doing what you are told to do. Merely checking the boxes. Because if you dont do it you wont get paid or you might get fired. Work is what we do because we care. Not because someone asked us to or because we know know if we dont do it we wont get paid.
Steve Jobs said and I totally agree,
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
But it’s beyond doing what you. But also loving what you do. And doing it with your heart.
I love what Martin Luther King Jnr. said when he advised:
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
Regardless of what you do. don’t just do it because someone said so, do it because you want to do it and you want to do it in the best way possible.