Don’t confuse Purpose with a mere ‘dream job’
June 19th, 2012 by Agent Kevin Miller
On one side we have the j-o-b or work that lacks any purpose to us other than providing a hoped for paycheck. Investing so much of our lives just for a buck is killing us, reducing us to mere workhorses and slaves. It’s illogical, unBiblical and unless you’re in a short time of survival mode…is one of our cultures most deadly diseases.
But on the other side we’re offered the big, blinking light of the ‘Dream Job’! The kind of job where you almost feel guilty cause it’s so fun. Where you’ll find yourself saying, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”
Quotes like this have further led us in this perspective:
“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life” – Harvey MacKay
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play…” James A. Michener
In my experience, people who say such things don’t really know how to play and have fun. They’re dedicated to their work. My play and fun is generally about me. Making ME happy. If I’m truly serving others in a meaningful way, the rewards are dramatic. But it comes at a cost to me and doesn’t feel like mere ‘play’.
If we accept the two perspectives above, then we must choose between selling-out or narcissism. Dog food or a meal of only desserts. Hmmmm. I’m not a fan of either.
I’ll go with option ‘C’. Work that fits my cares and inherent abilities. Work that serves a need and provides value to mankind, and fulfills who I am at the core. A great tasting, fulfilling and healthful meal!
It’s fulfilling. It’s rewarding. It matters. It’s valuable. It provides for my family, serves others and matters to me far beyond the mere income I receive for doing it. And as I truly care about it and invest myself fully, and it fits my natural abilities…I invest myself fully and do a great job and end up making more income than I would otherwise to boot. Pretty great deal.
But is it all fun? All play?
Folks, I can’t showcase one person to you who is working at what they feel is their ‘purpose’ or ‘calling’ and would say it’s all fun and play and easy. Far from it. They’ve worked much harder than they would have at a mere j-o-b. They’ve made sacrifices. Stepped out on faith. Done the ‘right thing’ at the cost of what was most profitable for them.
If you’re working at something just for a paycheck and know there should be more purpose in what you’re giving so much of your life to, please don’t think the alternative is the narcissistic ‘dream job’ that’s all about making you happy. A lifetime of dessert only will become just as meaningless as selling out for dog food. And who’s going to risk and sacrifice much just for dessert and self-serving?
How about it. Have you struggled with the pursuit of the ‘dream job’ just seeming narcissistic? Let us know below in the comments.
Check out our discussion on this post in the June 20th live show: