There are only three distinct kinds of labor. One might have a job, a profession, or a calling in their life. After working with hundreds of individuals over the course of my 20-year career as a career coach, I can confidently tell you that anything you do for a living can be classified into one of these three categories.
What You Need To Know About The Three Different Forms Of Work
To be considered a professional, you will either:
A work that only satisfies your money needs but does not provide much in the way of personal fulfillment other than the knowledge that it is ensuring your financial security.
A line of work that not only allows you to meet your financial obligations, but also gives you the impression that you are putting some of your talents to good use and, as a result, gives you a sense of professional satisfaction.
A calling is when you are fully using your skills, you have the sense that you are doing what you were intended to do, and you are being compensated for it.
The Issue at Hand
Now, the issue with this is that, over the course of the years, society has persuaded each of us that the one thing we should be working for is our vocation, and that we should be in love with the job that we do. Every single thing that we do ought to come easily to us, and we ought to be well compensated for it. And that is not how the system operates at all.
Your life is always moving in new directions. There will be times in your life when you need nothing more than a job to survive. It's the only thing you can get through at this point. It's not much, but it gets the job done and that's all that matters. Every employment is just a temporary position. Then there's the professional life. There will come a point in your life when you feel as if you are doing something that is fulfilling while also receiving compensation for it. The next step for some individuals is to discover their true vocation in life, or the thing that they are most passionate about doing. But the thing about the calling is that you need to be willing to sacrifice; you need to be ready to do it even if you couldn't earn a paycheck. This is the thing that you need to be willing to do in order to be successful in the vocation. The majority of individuals do not possess the fortitude or the means necessary to pursue their vocation.
Put an end to your search for a vocation, and do this instead...
As a career coach, one of my goals is to help individuals manage their expectations and ensure that they are as happy as they possible can be in the circumstances in which they find themselves. But in order to do that, everyone has to recognize that there is not a single solution that works for everyone.
Put an end to your hunt for the ideal job with the highest possible salary. Figure out how to evaluate your current situation. Recognize the state of affairs that now exist in your life. Let's sit down and deliberate about the kind of employment you need right now, including whether you want a job, a career, or (perhaps) a calling. And after that, let's go to work on gradually improving it.
This is something that we were not instructed on in school. And to tell you the truth, employers don't want you to know this because they want you to feel like you're trapped in a job for the rest of your life. However, there are decent employers in the world. The goal of all good employers should be to make their employees happy and contented. They have the ability to advance you to the level of a profession, and maybe even the level of a calling. However, they do not merely appear on trees, nor do they just fall to the ground in front of you. There is no enchanted fairy godmother who can bestow upon you that vocation or line of work. You must first determine who you are and what your greatest assets are before we can begin to work with that information and put together the final product, which will be a stunning and one-of-a-kind puzzle that is entirely composed of you. Therefore, you should give up the search for a vocation and instead concentrate on advancing your work. You will get to the point in your professional life that you see for yourself if you "work it everyday." I promise.
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