A job is for money.
A career is for promotions, status and security.
A calling is something completely different.
In Martin Seligman’s book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, he posits
a calling is “a passionate commitment to work for its own sake.”
It is incredible to me how many people argue with me about this. They push back, they recoil, they protest. I would seem smug if I told them they are protesting because they are unhappy. I don’t. We need to find our work passion on our own calendar, and everybody’s is different. No judgments.
But understand that over time, months, years or even decades, our calling is waiting for us. We get there when we get there, but it is there – and we can answer it.
I found mine. I shared it here a few months ago. It took one year and one day, and it wasn’t fun, it wasn’t simple, and most times it was damned depressing.
This is the price of reinvention. It’s so worth it.
Learn more about your calling here in this awesome article from Psychology Today.
John Scott is the National Online Learning Coordinator and a media history instructor at the School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He also counsels clients and groups on the art of reinvention. His debut book Broken Glass and Barbed Wire will be released soon.
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