A quote that has been ringing in my head over the past year is one by Thomas Edison: “find a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I thought to my self, ‘is this possible?’ Well, I am about to find out. On May 17th, I will start my new career as a Financial Planner with Ronald Blue and Company. This is an amazing opportunity and after talking with 7 different people in the financial industry, all at different companies, this by far the best company I could work for to align my passions with my vocation.
I recently heard about a study where a group of people were hired to dig a ditch for $7/hr and then after lunch they were told to fill it back in. They were perplexed and resisted but they did it anyway. At the end of the day the superintendent told them that if they come back the next day, they would receive double the pay ($14/hr). The next day 40% of the people didn’t show up. This offer continued and the attendance continued to decline. Why, you ask? People want to feel, to some extent, that the work that they do has meaning. That it is helping others in some way and that it is not just a waste of time.
Now here is the most important question:
IS THIS YOU? Do you want a job that is meaningful and adds value to the world?
If so, there is a book that I recommend you read called “48 Days to the Work You Love.” In this book you will be challenged to seek out what it really is that you are called to do in life and to think more critically about how you spend your time.
As I get accustomed to my new work, I will post to a part 2 on this subject so stay tuned!