A job is simply something you get paid for. But your 𝗝𝗼𝗯 has nothing to do with money and has everything to do with who you really are and your unique gifts. Your 𝗝𝗼𝗯(s) are the things that set your soul on fire, that inspire you, that you enjoy and are extremely good at. 👌 You might get paid for it, you might not.
It might be raising children – yes, that‘s a 𝗝𝗼𝗯. It’s a 𝗝𝗼𝗯 that some people are amazing at and inspired by and others aren’t. I’m not inspired to raise a family, but I am inspired to write and teach. Other people might find that incredibly dull, but their 𝗝𝗼𝗯 might be making music, watching birds or coding computer games. It might be gardening, sports, traveling. Making a happy home, helping a community, running a business, serving the needy. It could be a mix of things.
Whatever it is that inspires you and that you do best, you might not get paid for it but, that doesn’t mean it’s not your 𝗝𝗼𝗯. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prioritise it.
Just because your 𝗝𝗼𝗯 doesn’t generate money for you or someone else, it does not mean that it’s not worthwhile or important.
We think our 𝗝𝗼𝗯 is a luxury rather than a necessity and so it usually comes last on the list or gets struck off completely. But I believe our 𝗝𝗼𝗯s are an absolute necessity, a critical contributor to society with much greater value than money. When we do the things that we are really good at and inspired by, we both experience and contribute:
💖🙏 Joy, love, peace, gratitude
💛👼 Healthy, happy children, bonds, relationships, communities
💭💬 Conversations, connections, learning, knowledge
😍💡Beauty, imagination, ideas, creativity, inspiration
😌🌟 Meaning, growth, purpose, fulfilment
😄🤸♂️ Excitement, entertainment
🏋️♀️😃 Health, happiness, wellbeing
Are these not also incredibly valuable to us? Are they not possibly more valuable than money – the thing that is usually equated with a job?
If you’re able to combine your 𝗝𝗼𝗯 and your job – i.e. it also pays your bills, then that’s great. I’ve been lucky to land a job that enables me to do that. Although, might I add that I’m not getting paid to write this blog, I do it because it’s my 𝗝𝗼𝗯. The reality is that getting paid for your 𝗝𝗼𝗯 is not always easy or even required. You can have a job whilst also doing your 𝗝𝗼𝗯!
We all have something to share, something to bring, something to add, that impacts the whole. Something that only WE can do in the way that we do it. Just because we don’t do it between 9am – 5pm, it doesn’t mean it’s not important and it doesn’t mean that it’s not your 𝗝𝗼𝗯.
🙏 So, please make it a priority, give it time, space and energy, give it love and attention. Whatever your 𝗝𝗼𝗯 is, give it to the world. I for one, would love to receive it. 🙏