Every Monday, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form. Searching for leadership limerick will identify previous posts.
On Labor Day, some stop to rest
That's not what Americans do best
We move from this thing to that
Shouting "No time to chat"
Stop. Slow down, I behest.
Is the way you live your life right now sustainable?
And if so, for how long? And at what cost?
Take time this Labor Day to be thankful for those who have labored to ensure us the opportunity to do so in safe workplaces and at fair wages, particularly if you are fortunate enough to have the day off.
But also take time today to think about your labor. What role do you want work to play in your life, now and in the future? What implications does your answer to that question have for the financial decisions you are making right now? Is what you do most days a labor of love?
And if not, how long can your heart remain disenfranchised before it tells your head and your hands that enough is enough?
A once popular book was entitled Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow. I'm not sure it is quite that simple.
But after 30+ years of working, I am sure of this: if you don't do something you at least like, you won't be able to do it forever.