Many people see their job as something to be endured in order to get a paycheck. But so much more is possible from work: happiness, creativity, and self-expansion. To see your career only in terms of money is like a miner so intent on picking up flecks of gold from the gravel that he fails to notice that the hills above him are full of rich veins.
Over your lifetime you will likely spend more than 10,000 days at work. Don't waste such a precious opportunity for growth and fulfillment. Life is not like a race where the whole focus is on the finish line. Take pleasure in the journey itself. In the long run, how much you enjoy your job will largely determine how much you enjoy your life.
I was once volunteering to help rebuild houses in a community that had been destroyed by a forest fire. Many of the volunteers were, like me, less than accomplished carpenters. Due to mistakes, we were actually farther behind by noon than when we started the day. At lunchtime our crew leader made a comment that I have always remembered. He said, "Let's remember what's important. We're here to build character, not houses."
This book is meant to enrich your experience of work. You'll find attitudes and techniques that will help enhance your career and your life. There's also a practical exercise for each day. Try to absorb the attitudes and practice the exercises, and you will experience a personal transformation. Each day can be filled with the "gold" of increasing fulfillment, confidence, and contentment.
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