(Me, my dad and brothers)
If you were like me growing up, then you often heard the phrase, “If you don’t work you don’t eat!” My dad usually said this when he wanted us to complete some chore around the house. This motivation worked because we all wanted to eat.
As you got older, you began to work because you needed to, not because you wanted to. After a while, the need for food and basic necessities was no longer enough to keep you motivated. Did you know that this is the real reason that 70% of Americans being disengaged at work?
Over time, I have realized that there were 3 things I did not know about work.
- 1- You can fund your financial goals- You can fund your financial goals no matter the amount you make. It only takes being intentional and having goals powerful enough to keep you motivated. Take time to determine your financial goals today. Maybe your goal is to pay off a debt, save a certain amount or put money aside to start your own business. It is possible by setting goals. In my book, You Can Get There From Here: The Guidebook for Achieving Success at Work and in Life, I list specific strategies to fund your financial goals no matter the size of your paycheck. Having a financial goal will provide a strong enough “why” to keep you motivated at work.
- 2- Who you become is more important than the money you make– Personal development is the most important benefit of work- not the money you make. The check you earn is not as important as the person you become. By learning to overcome the challenges of your current position, developing new skills and learning to work with people you dislike, you become more valuable. Personal development is the key to success. By developing into a better person and professional, you will always make more money.
- 3- Your work creates a better world– You may have the misconception that only doctors, teachers and missionaries make the world better. This is untrue. A customer service worker creates a better world through service. An artist or singer provides pleasure and enjoyment to others through their work. Even sales people create a better world by providing products that people need to make their lives more enjoyable. All work, if done with integrity and purpose, helps to create a better world.
Did you know these 3 things? How does your work make a positive impact on the world? Please leave a comment below.
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