You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. —Steve Jobs
I planned a whole different blog today, but it just seems right to devote this space to Steve Jobs.
It’s not that I’m a techie, I don’t own a Mac or IPad or IPhone. Still, this brilliant man contributed so much to our world. In challenging himself and his company to push every boundary and think outside the lines, he taught us all about innovation, taking risks and daring to be different. He challenged us not to settle.
For me, his quote rings so true. I spent most of my career in Human Resources. Overall, I was successful, enjoyed much of my work, and didn’t love parts of it. I did those parts because I was learning and growing, and frankly, it paid the bills.
About a dozen years ago, I admitted to myself that my work didn’t fulfill me. For a long while, I tried to fill that gap by writing “on the side.” Still, I found myself thinking, I can’t do this work for another ten or twenty years.
My favorite part of being a Human Resources Generalist had always been training and coaching leaders. I decided it was time to devote myself to that work. It meant stepping down on the career ladder after years of moving up. It wasn’t an easy step to take and some colleagues thought it was foolish to give up my executive position – my seat at the table – and take a salary cut. They made good points, but in the end I followed my heart, and made the right move for me.
It’s a gift to get up every day and make a difference doing the work you love. Steve Jobs said “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
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