September 5, 2011

Leadership Limerick: Is It a Labor of Love?

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.




2 comments:

Garry Polmateer said...

Unfortunately, I spent the bulk of yesterday working. Guilty as charged! I wish I read this on Friday!

Perhaps the book should have been called "Do What You Love, If You do, the Money Does not Matter".

Personally, I don't know if there is any magic bullet career out there, everything has its ups and downs, the challenge lies in seeking balance and making the choice to be happy with what you are doing.

Garry

Jeffrey Cufaude said...

Garry: I like your alternative title. Of course it probably would come with an * and a sub-title that reads *so long as you're making a decent wage and have an affordable healthcare plan.

I think it is important to remember that we do have choice, and that we need to choose thoughtfully and in ways that support our definition of happiness and the "good life."