Vocation: A Calling
Our work, our vocation (from the Latin vocare – “to call”), is meant to be a source of wealth for us. While financial compensation is one way for our vocation to be a source of wealth, it is not the sole source, and our pursuit of financial gain over and above every other aspect of our work may make us rich, but seldom wealthy.
The pursuit of financial gain at the expense of one’s calling may make one rich, but never wealthy. [Tweet]
Finding meaning in our work and ways to positively impact the lives of others through our work is the true measure of wealth in our work.
When we continue in a job we hate, regardless of the money it pays, there is little wealth in or produced by that job or ourselves. We go through the motions, miserable and creating misery in everyone around us. This is the opposite of wealth – it is poverty.
When we do not give our all to the work set before us we are stealing from those we are meant to be helping, and robbing ourselves of the wealth gained by a job well done.
There are several reasons why we might find ourselves in such a state of vocational poverty:
- We are in it solely for the money
- We are burned out
- We would rather be doing something else
- We adopted someone else’s calling as our own
- We are too far in to get out now (sunk cost bias)
The good news is we can counteract each of these with discipline and some help from friends, counselors, or coaches.
We’ll examine each of these in greater detail in upcoming posts, exposing the poverty in each, and in doing so discover the way to wealth.