The value of the work you love

Loving your work does not mean you should be paid less to do it. When you love your work, you do a better job. You work harder. You care more about the quality of the product. You provide more value. You are being paid for the value you provide. Assert the value of your work. […]

Loving your work and the work you don’t love

Loving your work does not mean that you love every task you must do. When you love your work, unpleasant tasks are part of a larger meaningful project, which makes them bearable. (Ask any parent who has changed a really shitty diaper.) Remind yourself how this task will contribute to that larger meaningful project. (If […]

Love & Hard Work

Loving your work does not mean you don’t need to work hard. Work is defined by the expenditure of energy. It doesn’t have to be unpleasant to be work. It needs to expend energy. When you love your work, you expend your energy working hard at the work. Because you are enjoying it, you aren’t […]

Priorities or, why being a straight A student isn’t necessarily a good thing

I bet you were a straight A student. You got lots of praise for being a straight A student. You’ve lived your life thinking being a straight A student is a good thing. It’s not. It encourages black & white thinking: If you aren’t going to get an A, it’s not worth doing at all. […]

What you can change

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. (The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr) Whether you believe in that god or not, the sentiment of this prayer is just good advice. I was reminded of the importance of this […]