I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog. On Friday I got the post in my inbox and the last line said this:
“If you treat the work as nothing but an obligation, you will soon be overwhelmed by competition that sees it as a privilege and a calling.”
It challenged me to think about the work that I choose. I choose this work because I feel called to be doing what I’m doing. Not because I have to. Not because the universe demands it. But because it’s an honor to wake up and serve the people we get to serve and make the work we get to make for them.
What work do you choose? What work do you feel called to?
Your best work is likely to never happen through obligation. Your best work comes from the uncomfortable place where your vision, your goals, your contentment, and your dreams connect. Obligation will almost never have those things in mind.
Choose your work with these things in mind. Because we have to make stuff, the right stuff, wildly. Think about the work you choose and make sure it’s the work you feel called to make. Because if not, don’t be surprised when someone else wants it more and does it better.