This article is about work. Whether you work in an office, a building, on a site, around the place, lucky enough to travel for work or work from home.
We all work. Some of us don't even get paid for the work we do. Some of us like to work, some of us don't. Some of us have spent a lot of time preparing to work, to find that it's harder to get work than we thought.
Some of us have found work to just be a part of our lives, others are consumed by it. You may work a little, you may work a lot.
Work will always be work, and it will always be a part of our lives.
We begin our working lives at home, as children, working for our parents and for our household.
Work can be defined in many ways, but basically, it comes down to doing something for something. That something could be for love, or for praise, approval or to satisfy a need.
Paid work is one category of work. And when we follow a line of paid work over time, we build a career.
Those who think they have no choice in what kind of work they do, need to do their research. So you didn't finish high school. So you didn't go to University. Or you did. Either way, we have choices in the line of work we choose to make a contribution too.
Our contributions can span over 50 years. Over our working lives. We will spend a lot of time working, some of us will spend more time working than doing any other activity throughout our entire life.
That makes work worth a lot more than we think.
So why is work hard to find and often hard to keep?
It comes down to you. Your mentality. Your motivations and your idea of purpose.
Whether you like it or not, you are seeking purpose in your work. It is part of our nature as evolved beings, to find meaning in our lives and our work.
Most are not satisfied with a job that just pays the bills. Everyone wants more. Even those who have a lot.
The question needs to change.
What's holding you back from doing what you love?
The most common answer will always come back to fear. Fear of not being able to make enough. Fear of lacking the resources. Fear of the unknown. Fear of taking the risk.
Fear that you don't even know what it is that you love and you won't be able to find it.
So what do you love?
What could you see yourself spending 50 years doing?
Or even the next 5 years?
Because people and their motivations change over time, so be prepared to be dynamic.
What makes you tick, makes you feel alive and feel like you're achieving?