I'm currently reading a little hidden gem of a book I ordered off Amazon as a total fluke. It's titled How to Find Fulfilling Work, and it's written by Roman Krznaric who teaches for The School of Life.
Today, I am thinking about a quote from this book, credited to Aristotle, regarding our talents and our vocation - or, basically, how to find the right job for each of us.
The question, obviously, makes one ask: what are my talents and what are the needs of the world? Then....where do those two separate points intersect?
I do my best thinking when I write (I'd argue we all do), so I've been mapping out my past work history, exploring why I took certain jobs and what compelled me to stick with them or give them up, what I found useful about certain work vs. other work, and what I would do if I could live five parallel lives (do for work, that is).
All of these exercises come from the book or have been compelled by this reading. It's been a fascinating morning.
If you sat down, got out a sheet of paper and listed all of your talents and the needs of the world, can you think of where the two might cross paths?
Are you doing work now that uses your talents to meet a need in the world? Do you find your work fulfilling, or are you phoning-it-in each day, depressed with the thought of another 20 years of the same tedium or simply coasting along because the idea of doing something else is scary, vague or simply beyond consideration?
Ironically, while writing this post, I was just interrupted by a young woman at my door. She wore a floral dress, black ballet flats and had a smattering of acne across her cheeks. She was wanting to share an uplifting Bible quote with me. I normally hate that sort of thing, and I said no-thank-you, but as I walked back to my laptop I thought: well, she's got her passion, is doing work she believes in and is willing to go door-to-door and risk countless rejection to engage in it.
Kudos to her.
How many of us can say that about what we're doing each day?
Big thoughts for the weekend, no?