The Forum: What Makes You Love What You Do?
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
America was founded on the Puritan work ethic, which can be roughly defined as: If you like it, stop doing it immediately.
It's this philosophy which has given rise to much of our thinking about work, including the currently popular 'work-life balance' -- as if the two were as polar opposite as good and evil. How many of you have heard some variation of this line from parents or teachers: 'You're not supposed to like it, that's why they call it work.'
Nevertheless, the notion of loving what we do has not only taken hold (must be the French influence on our culture), it's now provably linked to that Holy Grail of the U.S. economy: PRODUCTIVITY.
Last week, a half dozen Worthwhile writers gathered in our office and this subject came up. Here's a partial list of qualities that make us love our work: sense of community, spirit of fun, growth, learning, challenge, creativity, freedom.
What's on your list?