A funny thing happened as I looked back on the past year.
I learned an invaluable lesson. One that I had read about. One that I had been told in quotes. One that thousands of people have undoubtedly tweeted about, posted on Facebook, and probably made into memes.
My most exciting events of last year were the result of my most challenging struggles.
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As I took the time to reflect on the previous year, I made a list of my highlights and my most challenging times. I did them separately. I made the first list to remember the good. I made the second list to think about how I could have improved.
Are you challenged at work?
If not, you are probably wasting your talent.
I got this fortune cookie recently and amazingly it has the best career advice I have ever seen or heard.
I tend to thrive on pressure. Not everyone is like that and that is not the point. But if I am not constantly pressured and pushed, I waste my talent. It never gets a chance to come out. It never sees the light of day.
How long will you work?
Harrison Ford is 70 and I recently read an interview with him. He described his love for work and intention to work much longer than most Americans, despite his lack of financial need to do so.
Do you love to work? If not, what can you do to change that?
Do you need to work? Do you love new challenges? Do you ever have to stop?
Or will you keep working until you cease to be useful? (Which, by the way, is never)
I suggest that you were made to work…and made to love your work.
You were made to work for life, in some capacity. You were made to be useful until your last breath.