Your Job or Your Work

Domino Sugars from Federal Hill

I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen that a job is just a unit of measurement of work. Meaning, you don’t need to be an employee to find fulfilling and secure work. You need to work to find work. I also mean this in the sense that we sometimes think that we’re built for one career, when we’re really just a series of skill sets in search of fulfillment.

Journalists are discovering this. As newspaper jobs dry up, they’re finding work as corporate storytellers and marketers, copywriters and information makers. Photographers are learning that photography might just be one arrow in the quiver, and that they have other callings as well. IT professionals are learning that if they “embed” with business units, they stand a better chance of keeping their role in-house instead of falling prey to outsourcing. And several people are learning that they can be the outsourcing team, by picking up work from companies that need help and don’t necessarily want to send it overseas.

Many people worry about their job, but forget that it’s vital to keep networking and building relationships if they intend to stay busy with important and meaningful work. Your boss isn’t looking to find meaningful work for you. Your boss is just trying to get through the day and hit some numbers. Your family might want you to find meaningful work, but they can’t do all the lifting. Your school isn’t preparing you for work; they’re educating you to give you a base set of tools to become useful after you leave their institution.

It’s you. And it’s your mindset. And it’s your shaking free of the Matrix that holds you to the belief that being an employee is secure. You are, and forever more will be, someone who has a portfolio career, someone who is developing several projects, one of which may or may not be a salaried position. You’re here to work. You’re here to make meaning. But you’re not here to fill a job. That time is past.

Let’s get to work, shall we?

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  • Bburns

    A great conversation tagging on this post might be “vocation versus avocation”. (Although many of us just simply need a “vacation”!)

    Great post, and one that truly hints at much, much more that is needing to be explored and plumbed by each one of us. This is can lead to asking questions such as, “What makes me truly happy?”, “Why do I do what I do?”, and “What is my purpose here, and am I fulfilling it?”

  • Lee

    This is spot on with what’s been on my mind about work. Thank you.

  • http://naijapreneur.com Tito

    Simply Profound. Thanks for sharing.

  • humm-in

    This is an excellent article to communicate ‘job ethic’ to young people today. I will share it with my kids including discussion about that. Thank you so much!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/executiveaction Executives in Action

    Great blog — reminds me of Bob Buford and the Halftime movement.

    We are definitely seeing this sentiment realized every day at Executives in Action. Over the past year, over 300 VP-level executives have joined our pro bono consulting force during their time of transition. They are using their business talents to support our charitable partners, and the benefits to both the organizations AND the executives are profound.

    Thank you for adding your voice to the rising choir that seeks to reframe the purpose of work!

    Jeremy Gregg
    Executive Director
    http://www.ExecutivesInAction.org

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    While working at some places it’s also necessary to build good relationship with others because this is the only thing which is going to help you in future. This can be a further way for your progress.

  • http://eduardodx.com.br Eduardo Dx

    For sure this idea is real. Our concepts have developed, refined, and now we can not see the job as ‘simple’ as before, it’s now bigger, better and with more power than ever.

  • http://jobspert.com/placement-papers/ John Papers

    Great Post..
    Thank you for this article..
    John..

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  • http://onstagetechnologies.com Scott Kantner

    “You are, and forever more will be, someone who has a portfolio career, someone who is developing several projects, one of which may or may not be a salaried position…”

    Thanks for this new perspective Chris. When you said “And it’s your shaking free of the Matrix that holds you to the belief that being an employee is secure”, did you mean NOT shaking free? I’m not sure I get it otherwise??