This morning my nine-year-old son chose to get up at 6am because he wanted to work on his first ever project before school.
As I lazed around reading a book and leaving him to it, I was quietly freaking out that he might somehow do something disastrous to my laptop.
But when I came out to the living room he was admiring his google slides, huge grin on his face, reading – in fact almost singing – his project aloud. He was THAT happy with it. For the rest of the morning he was absolutely buzzing about the project. He was excited that he knew what he was doing with the technology, he was learning about something he was interested in (lepidoptera – butterflies and moths – which as an aside is very weird as the topic of my very first school project, 35+ years ago, was….butterflies), and he was so very VERY proud of the progress he was making.
I was already planning to write to you today about work, and how it feels for you right now. So I asked him, as we walked to school, whether he minded if I wrote about the obvious enjoyment and satisfaction he was feeling because of his work. (Read right to the end to see his words of wisdom on this.)
Watching him got me thinking – how often do we, as adults, feel this way about work? What lifts us up so much that we could (perhaps less so if you’re in an open-plan office, although I challenge you to try this) SING about it? What in your work straddles the line between work and pleasure? What makes play and achievement pair up and line-dance for you?
And I feel so lucky, thinking about this. Because for once I can truly say that with all that I’m doing work-wise, I’m loving what I do, and doing what I love. It sounds cliched, but it’s true. And it’s taken a long time – twenty years to be precise, to get here.
I encourage you to ask yourself those questions above. Not just brush over them, but really think about them. Mull them over and let them percolate. It’s not a luxury to have work that you love, but it also doesn’t happen by accident. What in your workday brings you great joy, and how can you have more and more of that? (It doesn’t have to take twenty years to find out!)
If you need some help uncovering what this would look like for you, nothing makes me happier than talking about this with people. Grab yourself a time for a free consultation call here, and we’ll figure out what would have you crooning in your workspace!
Let us know in the comments – what do you love most about what you do?
PS. My son’s quote on work?