To work with purpose is to know that what you do has a larger meaning than to simply provide the means to an end. At the same time, it’s important to maintain balance and know that even Henry Ford, the founder of Ford motor company, worked as an engineer for Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit long before he created the company we are familiar with today.
As I sit in one of my local coffee shops to write this (ahead of time), I watched a young girl caring for another younger girl who had accidentally pulled the emergency cord in the bathroom that set the alarm to go off. The waitress in sheer panic runs towards the bathroom door to make sure that everything was ok, as another girl rises to check on the girl in the bathroom. It would appear to be the girl’s carer. We soon recognized the false alarm, and everyone resumed to their stations with grace to the situation. As the carer sat back down to her coffee and reassured the startled girl that everything was ok… something sparked in me. That right there was something special. I witnessed a relationship formed through the strengths of one girl who showed great love, strength, and grace towards a young girl who clearly depended on this lady to provide reassurance and protection from what she was unable to process on her own. What an honorable role to have.
This is something that we should all strive towards whatever we do in life. To find purpose in the work we do, and to work with purpose every day.
I believe success in what we do looks like finding out what your strengths are life and use them. That doesn’t mean every day will be a bed of roses, or that we just arrive and expect to create a global company on the first day of business. After all life and pursuit of what we dream of doing is not a race, it’s a marathon. It’s not a competition with anyone but yourself. What if we would re-align, check ourselves, and review if the balance that we have in our work is sustainable. Do you spend your time doing something that doesn’t fulfill you? Do you do what you love but worry about competing with your colleague? Those only lead you down a path of disappointment, and quite frankly they are pointless.
Find out what you’re good at, and use it to help others. That is more fulfilling than any 401k, public recognition, or celebrity status will ever be.