Phoning it in

This was a recent blog post from Seth Godin:

This was sort of shocking, at least to me:

I was talking to a religious leader, someone who runs a congregation. She made it clear to me that on many days, it’s just a job. A job like any other, you show up, you go through the motions, you get paid.

I guess we find this disturbing because spiritual work should be real, not faked.

But isn’t your work spiritual?

I know doctors, lawyers, waiters and insurance brokers who are honestly and truly passionate about what they do. They view it as an art form, a calling, and an important (no, an essential) thing worth doing.

In fact, I don’t think there’s a relationship between what you do and how important you think the work is. I think there’s a relationship between who you are and how important you think the work is.

Life’s too short to phone it in.

It is interesting that he points this out. I myself have had those days where I felt like it was just a job. That was when I knew I had to change my focus. I consider myself to have career ADD. Was never happy with the things I was doing. I always knew I was capable of much more. My husband, on more than one occasion, has asked me “If money were not an object, what would you do all day?”

My answer has changed over the years, and has finally evolved in what I am today, but where are you on this path? Are you phoning it in or are you really passionate about what you do? If you used to be, what has changed? What can YOU change to get back to that passion?

I just thought I would blog on this. I have my days of wanting to phone it in – I think everyone does. But when that happens, I will remember this post and look to find where my passion went. I hope you do too.