I realized recently that I talk to a lot of people about their work. I’ve been training about leading at their work and why you should do it and that everyone needs to do it. I’ve been focused on work, work, work, in a dramatic fashion.
But maybe I need a new word.
I probably need to use the word “effort” instead of work, because I realized recently I don’t work.
I haven’t worked for the last 6 years, at least not by the world’s definition. And I didn’t know this until I saw a quote from author James M. Barrie.
He said, “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”
I love that, and I think it’s true.
When I am training or coaching, there is nothing I’d rather be doing. That’s not work.
When I am speaking to an audience, there is nothing I’d rather be doing. That’s not work.
When I am strategizing, there is nothing I’d rather be doing. That’s not work.
Is it hard? Sure. Is it difficult sometimes? Of course. But it’s still not work, it’s effort.
If you want to explore this idea further, let me recommend Dan Miller’s book “48 Days to the work you love“. It will give you some specific steps that could prove to be helpful.
So today, as you think about the dream you’re chasing, ask yourself if you’ve found something that isn’t work. Something that when you’re doing it, there’s nothing else you would rather be doing. Because that’s not work.
And not working is awesome.