I saw this online tonight and thought it was perfect for the work we get to do.
Since we were little, we wanted to create for a living. As kids, we dreamt of a life that allowed us to do what we loved as a job. The opportunity to wake up in the morning and go to a job we loved and to do the thing we felt God created us to do…
Then, there was the season of life before we got there. That season was hard.
We waited tables, did temp jobs, or whatever you did to make ends meet – all the time believing one day it would happen and we would be able to “live our dream.”
Then, it happened. We were so excited. We promised to be good stewards of this job. We were eager. We went the extra mile. We didn’t allow setbacks to discourage us. We never looked for excuses. We would do whatever it took to get things done the right way. We promised we would go in every day and treat it like it was our first day on the job. We vowed to never take it for granted.
But then it started to get hard. We had some disappointments. We failed. We got corrected. We underwent some setbacks. We ran into some politics. We realized that the JOB part of this job is actually really hard work. Our passion started to drift into negativity. We started to complain. We stopped creating solutions and started identifying problems. We lost that drive to get up. We started looking forward to Friday more than Monday. And in that moment, we forgot about the days we would dream that we could live this life. We forgot about all the people who would kill to trade positions with us. We forgot about the opportunity and the influence we have. We got self-consumed.
So today, take it back. Take it back to the first day on the job. Stop allowing yourself to feel entitled to anything. Don’t buy the hype that your past achievements have created some type of expectation that you deserve anything. Take it back to the days you created because it was what you did for fun, not what you did for a check. Today, walk in and look around at what God has given you…and be thankful. Be so darn thankful that you do your work remembering you are living your dream. Remembering that it’s a pleasure. That it’s an honor. That you are a member of an elite club that is allowed to do what they love for a living.
If you’re not living your dream yet, don’t give up. Your time is coming and, when it does, you need to remember the feeling you have today – that hunger – so you don’t waste your opportunity. It’s going to happen and you better be ready.