So much of our identity is wrapped up in the work we choose to do.
The question that is typically asked of a young person is not how you want to make a living, or what kind of job would you prefer, but what do you want to be as if our work defines our very being.
The average person works 44 hours per week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Forty-four hours each week is a lot of time.
Given the amount of time Americans spend working, it should come as no surprise that so much of their identity is wrapped up in their work.
In the culture in which we live, there are prestigious jobs and not so prestigious jobs.
Some of the most prestigious jobs are stressful, not as well paying as you might imagine, and perhaps not as secure as some less desirable jobs. On the other hand, some of those less desirable jobs offer an above-average wage, and since fewer people want to do the work, maybe a little more job security.
Speaking of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe is one of my heroes.
He has said, “Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.” And, “Don’t follow your passion, but always bring it with you.”
My dad used to say, “You’ll get out of it what you put into it.”
The suggestion from both of these people is that what you bring to the table is more important than the table or, in this case, the job.
Food for thought.