A Job, A Career, A Calling.

October 16, 2006

Martin McKeay posted recently about the difference between a career and a job. A prescient quote:

too many people have jobs, not careers. They go to the same building, day after day, so they can put food in their mouths and a roof over their head, but they take no joy in it. If you’re a frequent reader, you have probably gotten to the point of knowing you want a career in Security, but how much planning have you really done to get that career?

He goes on to point out that the difference between a job and a career is really the path – are you just going forward day-by-day, or are you being strategic with respect to the decisons you make and the learning and skills you acquire to attempt to move you down the road?

I agree wholeheartedly here, but I think it goes beyond even that – beyond having a career is having a calling. Are you truly called in your deepest heart to this work as a way of satisfying some deep need in you? Do you believe that this is the reason that you’re here on the planet?

If not, what is your calling? What work is the most utterly satisfying and rewarding and makes use of your unique skills and talents?

And what are you doing to make your job, your career, and your calling line up?

It’s an old cliche that you should do what you love and the money will folllow. It’s a cliche because it’s true. Now it may not follow quickly (which is why you have jobs). But perhaps you can find yourself beginning to notice that today is the day that you create a plan to make your true calling in to a career.

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2 Responses to “A Job, A Career, A Calling.”

  1. Daniel R. Sweet on October 21st, 2006 6:59 am

    The trick, of course, is figuring out what you’re “called” to do. My daughter likes horses – does that mean that she should be a jockey? A vet? A trainer?

    This is hard to figure out because you have to pick a career that mixes what you love with the money you want to make (face it – there’s only so much money that 95% of the jockeys are going to make) and the understanding that you still have to work periodically.

    Hmmmm….Perhaps I’m going to have to do a whole posting on this…

    Dan

  2. Episteme on November 14th, 2006 10:22 pm

    A while ago, I made a post on the importance of finding a calling. In the comments there, Dan commented on the difficulty of finding that calling, and threatened to post about it. And, he finally did. And, as usual for Dan’s posts, this one was full o

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