Some people, perhaps most people, spend a sizable chunk of their lifetime building a career. Some shift, change, and pivot, and others stay nearly the same. Are you building a proud career or one that just gets you through life?
First, let’s not confuse pride with money. Yes, there is an intersection where the two lines meet, but for many, money is not the sole (or soul) reason behind your career.
We all need money. We need it to exchange for food, clothing, and shelter. Sure, we may like more of it to buy more resources, toys, and extravagant lifestyles, but even people with gobs of money aren’t always happy.
Since I’ve been around for more than half a century, like Farmers Insurance, I’ve seen a thing or two. People spend a lifetime chasing money and they die spending very little while still worrying if they have enough. Your lifestyle and your career, is your choice.
Money is important, but let’s remove it from this discussion. Set it aside, at least for a few minutes.
What happens when we work to become an improved version of who we already are? Imagine what it means to be more balanced, more grateful, and more giving.
What would happen if you spent your time differently, doing more things that matter, changing the results for others, and becoming uniquely you?
Can you see a different or better person than you are right now? Are you creating a proud career?
When you look back will you be happy with what you’ve built? Proud of the contributions you made? Will you be leaving a legacy for others to build upon?
Will you spend forty or fifty years working, or living while you work?
What matters most for your family, friends, and your life? Your money or what you’ve become?
Yes, you’ll need some money, but pride should be about your life and your people, not a paycheck.
You only get one shot. Check for confusion. No regrets.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.