Work: Why do you do it?

This morning, people across the nation got out of bed and got ready for work.  Some headed out with high aspirations and excitement for the day ahead.  Some wrestled with resentment and despair .  Which were you? Which were the people you work with?

Personally, I couldn’t imagine showing up each day without a burning sense of purpose and passion for the work that I/we do.

Work — I don’t know why you do it.  I just hope that you find purpose in it, and have passion for it.  If not… Find something you love so much that you will openly promote it to friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers.

When you understand why you work, you know how to succeed.

Check out The Why of Work by Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich:
According to studies, we all work for the same thing–and it’s not just money. It’s meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times. That’s the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They’ve talked to thousands of people–from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives–and synthesized major disciplines to identify the “why” behind our most successful experiences.

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