The word “work” gets a bad rap. For those of us who have children who attend school, we know how homework can impact the family dynamic. At that age, it’s difficult to see the value in any work – especially homework. I certainly know that I had that perspective during my educational years.
However, as I have grown older, I now realize that work is a privilege. Too often we get sidetracked in meetings, conference calls, and handling the crisis of the moment to really understand that the work we do can impact others in a positive way. From where I sit, the real privilege of work is achieving individual success by helping others reach their goals and dreams.
Many will tell you that if you “love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” To me, it goes beyond this because that old adage doesn’t take into account other, far more important words relating to work like pride, satisfaction, accomplishment, and service. Sure, loving what you do has a tremendous impact, but there are aspects of any job (or life) that require “work” we don’t enjoy. It’s the privilege of work that allows you to power through the drudgery and focus on the positive results your efforts have on others.
Have you ever met anyone you consider to be successful who continually grumbles and groans about their work? I haven’t and I doubt I ever will. To work – to produce – is truly a privilege. People who are able to revel in the process and deliver exceptional results in service to others will always achieve the highest levels of happiness and prosperity.