For about a decade, I did between fifty and a hundred speaking engagements a year to company and association audiences around the world. I met hundreds of people who were top performers in their companies and industries. In some ways they were very different. They were men and women. They were tall and short and fat and thin and fit and sloppy. Some were educated and sophisticated and others were not. They were farmers and engineers and sales people and teachers and small business owners and big business executives in a variety of industries and a variety of cultures. As different as they were they all had one thing on common. They loved their work. That’s powerful stuff. If you love your work, you’re more likely to dive into it enthusiastically. You’re more likely to achieve the magic of flow. You’re more likely to put in the extra time and effort that makes for success. There are lots of things that go into a happy and successful life. This is an important one. Love the work. Don’t think about your next job based on the salary or the benefits or the status. Those are important, but they’ll slide into the murk at the back of your mind when you start the job itself. Then the work will matter and it will matter all day, every day. Love the work. Base your career plans on doing work you love. Base your changes in direction on doing work you love. Forget all those peripheral factors. Love the work.
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