“Work is personal. It’s an expression of who we are and the change we seek to make. [Or] work can merely become the way we spend our days, a 60-year-slog on the way to not-work.”
– Seth Godin (I think) at least it was on the registration page for his AltMBA Course
Over the course of your life you will spend a lot of time working.
According to calculations done by Revise Sociology you will spend 35% of your total waking hours over a 50-year working-life period at work (assuming 8 hours of sleep a night).
It can be hard to fathom how much 35% of your waking hours are over 50 years really is. So here’s another way to think about… about 50% of your total waking hours on most days will be spent working.
Sleep = 8 hours
Work = 8 hours
Other = 8 hours
That’s your day. And that’s your life.
So since you will spend so much time working doesn’t it make sense to find or create work you love? Or at least like?
Doesn’t it make sense to spend some time thinking and planning about what type of work you want to be doing 5, 10 and 20 years from now?
Remember, just because so many people view work as just a way to pay the bills doesn’t mean you have to.
Let others waste time complaining about their employers while you spend time figuring out what you were born to do.
It’s up to you to make this a priority. Nobody else will. And if you don’t then you could wake up 40 years from now wondering what happened.
Don’t do that. Make a decision today to find or create work you love. A great place to start is by reading the book, 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. I read that in 2010 and it changed my life. That, and the book, The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau.