I wrote a post on LinkedIn earlier today: Why do you do what you do?
I have received some really great comments and questions so I wanted to take some time to talk about them here.
First, here is the Blog Post from Seth Godin that I shared:
Calling your finding
Many people are trying to find their calling.
But that doesn’t explain Marianne Money, bank manager, or Jim Kardwell, who owns a card company. Or Thomas Duck who started Ugly Duckling rent-a-car and Tito Beveridge who makes vodka. It doesn’t explain why people named Dennis are more likely to become dentists…
I’m not sure that anyone has a calling. I think, instead, our culture creates situations where passionate people find a place where they can make an impact. When what you do is something that you make important, it doesn’t matter so much what you do.
It’s not that important where. It matters a lot how. With passion and care.
I went onto say that his perspective of WHY you do what you do instead of WHAT you are doing is an interesting one…And one many of us don’t take the time to reflect on.
The idea of HOW you do something and what YOU bring to the activity or task or event is key. Whether it’s going to a meeting, driving to or from work, writing that report, making that meal or getting your kids to bed…It’s our attitude that often times dictates how well (or not so well) something will go.
Now, here is the really interesting part! I received some comments and emails to the tune of something like:
“Well, Amy, that’s great for you because you enjoy what you are doing and have found ways to incorporate that into your life every day.”
“What do you mean by what I bring to something?”
“What if I’m not in a place to do what I love or my passion?”
All great questions! Those weren’t all that I received but many of them were in those buckets.
We all do things we don’t necessarily enjoy. Some more than others but at the end of the day, we are all working to put food on the table, have shelter, pay a mortgage or rent, pay the bills, run a business, etc.
Each day may not be glamorous or fancy – it’s just getting it done – all without losing sight on what you really want to be doing – and including part of that into each and every day.
When we are fortunate to wake up to a new morning, we have choices and decisions to make. We also have control over how we react to or handle various situations. Some of you may not like reading this, but it’s true. You can be upset that someone cut you off in traffic or you can yell at the cars in front of you that are driving too slow because you are late…OR, you can be thankful the person didn’t cause an accident and not yell at the person who cut you off (they usually cannot hear you anyway…) and not yell at other drivers because you weren’t able to manage your time in the morning or afternoon.
A lot of this comes down to not blaming externalities and taking control of YOU.
So, how does this fit into Seth’s post? Bringing it full circle, it’s not always important what you are doing or where you are doing it but HOW you do it. Are you bringing attention and presence? Are you doing the best you can at that given moment?
To me, that is what spoke to me most – doing something with passion and care. So, if I’m paying my bills, it’s with passion that I can pay them; if I’m cooking dinner [rarely, but it happens…] I put care into the meal because it’s meant to nourish my body and my family’s; if I’m playing a card game with the boys, I’m all in.
You see, it resonates to many parts of life – and when it comes down to it, it’s our choice to just do it or do it with passion and care…