There is an old story of a man watching three masons at work and noticing a difference in their performance.
He was curious to know why they all worked at the same job so differently and approached each individually to ask, “What is it you’re working at here?”
The first responded, “I’m laying bricks, waiting for Friday to come.”
The second said, “I’m doing my best for the team to get this wall plumb.”
The last mason looked up to the questioner and smiled. He wiped his shirt sleeve across his brow to clear perspiration, stepped back to admire his work and then said, “I’m working on the entrance to this building. In a few months, people will walk right through a door where you’re standing to worship in a church of God. Life can’t get any better for me than it is at this moment.”
The first worker had a job. The second was working at his career. The third had found a calling. All were performing the same task.
The gratification in your work is influenced most by how you choose to feel about your work.
Thank you to Rick Davis for allowing me to share this inspiring story.
– Joel Fleischman. Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply. (drexelteam). You can follow him on twitter: @JoelmFleischman. Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness. I hope this little post did just that.