Job, Career, or Calling?

Three guys were working on the construction project of a mosque. They were asked: "What are you doing?"

"I am a builder," said the first. "I lay brick on brick and get paid to make ends meet."

The second person said, "I am a builder and I'm doing this construction project alongside others."

The third person said, “I am a builder! I am building the house of God, a place for people to worship."


Similar but different, huh?! The first person had a daily job, something he did reluctantly just to earn a living, and if he were able to, he would not have done it.

The second person, however, saw his work as a career which he was building, and maybe if he worked well, he would later become the supervisor of that construction workshop, or start a building project by himself in the future.

To the third person, his job was a mission, a calling. Not only did he look to his own advantage, but he also wondered how it would benefit others in a wider way.


Extensive academic research, especially by Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, has shown that people of the third kind are much happier and ultimately more successful in their work.


You may say, "But I don’t know exactly what my mission is! I have not yet found my ideal job!" You’re right, finding your calling is not an easy task. But often the problem is not that we cannot “find” the ideal job. Most of the time, the problem is how we can turn what we are doing now into the mission of our lives, a concept called job crafting. The only way to achieve this is to know our strengths and use them in our work, not only to our own benefit but also to the benefit of others. This is the secret to living happily at work!

Question for you: Do you have a Job, Career or Calling?


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