Can Only High Achievers Love to Work?
Yes. But not in the way that you might think.
Loving your work doesn’t mean plowing everything into your job at the expense of anything else in your life. People who love to work have found the balance that works for them in their work and home life.
‘Achievement’ is not about climbing to the top of the corporate ladder or reaching the highest academic qualification in your field. Nor is it about being the best apprentice in training; unless you want any or all of these things. Only high achievers love to work, but re-framing what you mean by ‘achievement’ is the key here.
Achievement is about understanding yourself enough to know what you want from your working life and finding the best ways to achieve those goals. You do not measure your success against anyone else’s milestones. You only need to measure your progress against what makes you feel fulfilled. But, you can only feel satisfied if you know what fulfills you. That’s why self-reflection is a prominent element in people who love to work.
Self-reflection comes in many forms. A few examples that have come up during my interviews with people who love to work over the last few months are:
The key is to spend time alone to look inward at your actions and responses to situations to understand better what motivates you.
If you’re someone who loves your work, or you know someone else who does, check out the Red Ponder #LoveToWork projects and let me know if you’d like to take part! I’d love to hear from you!