Our work can give us a sense of accomplishment, make us comfortable, and give us options for the future. While your work is a huge part of who you are, it isn’t the most important. I believe without these three things success in your work doesn’t mean much:
- God. It is hard for me to look at this world, nature specifically, and not believe that someone designed it. I am a Christian, and believe that someone is God. My faith is the filter I run my decisions through, without apology. I know not everyone believes what I do, but I do think that faith gives us perspective for our work.
- Family. I can love what I do, but if my son doesn’t run to me screaming “daddy!” when I get home, I haven’t accomplished anything. I am making specific decisions about how much I work (and when) to be there for my family. I reject the idea that it’s okay to work 90 hours a week because of what it would enable me to provide. Being there for my wife and son are more important than how much money I make.
- Others. It doesn’t matter if it’s one person or a hundred, when you help someone else it builds you up. You would think that giving what you have to others would leave less for you, but it ‘s just the opposite.
Keeping focus on these three areas can give needed perspective both when your work is going great and, more importantly, when it isn’t.
Your list may be different, so let’s hear about what you think is more important than work in the comments below!