How Do You View Your Work?

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Martin Seligman

How do you view your work?

As a Job, Career or Calling?

Martin Seligman, former president of American Psychological Association (APA) and Robert A. Fox Professor of Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania) talked about the three ways of work orientation in his best selling book, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment – a Job, Career, and a Calling. He further described the basis of these orientations to work.

You take up a Job strictly for the pay check. Punch the clock, get paid. Done.

You have a career to enjoy the benefits of advancement and mastery of a given domain.

An important thing about Calling is that any Job can become a Calling and any calling can become a job. Consider this for example: A physician who views the work as a Job and is simply interested in making good income does not have a Calling, while a garbage collector who sees the Work as making the world a cleaner, healthier place could have a Calling.

How about you?
How do You view your work?

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