Monday, July 7, 2008

A Calling

Chicago River
"A calling (or vocation) is a passionate commitment to work for its own sake. Individuals with a calling see their work as contributing to the greater good... any job can become a calling, and any calling can become a job."
Martin E. P. Seligman, Authentic Happiness, 2002.*

If you've ever heard Warren Buffett talk, or read his letters to the shareholders, you can tell that he is a man with a calling. Despite his insane wealth, he lives fairly modestly, and always gets to work early.

He measures up to just about every standard of success, yet he carefully reports even his smallest mistakes to his shareholders. He clearly loves his work and holds himself to the highest standards.

How do you compare to Mr. Buffett? Is your job a calling, or does it just help pay your bills?

* You can help me and my publisher by buying the book using this link: Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. In association with Amazon.

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