Working is fundamental to our wellbeing and gives us a chance to use our gifts and skills to support ourselves and others, thereby fulfilling our potential and purpose; You can be working in a job for convenience or in your area of purpose.
There is a difference between doing a job (vocation); and working in your area of purpose or passion;
Your area of purpose is usually something you care deeply about (passion), enough to make a notable difference. This passion keeps you motivated and driven against all odds. While a lot of jobs are often something people do just to earn a living or to make ends meet but not necessarily passionate about. However, working at a job can be your path to get to your area of passion. Therefore your job is still beneficial if you have a plan of direction.
Most importantly, one is always better off working any legitimate job than doing nothing.
In seeking to get into work, it is vital to identify what your core strengths are. Knowing this will help you plan your direction in work even when you have started in an area of vocation you are not necessarily passionate about – This ensures you are not stuck in this vocation and subsequently end up frustrated and unfulfilled.
The benefits of work;
Working is beneficial, whether it is a paid role or a volunteering role. It gives you are chance to refine your skills or learn new useful ones in an area of interest. Your charitable labour (volunteering) may not reward in cash, but rest assured it is always an investment to your future and often makes a way for you to progress into paid employment. Besides, it’s been proven that every chance you get to work is beneficial for your general wellbeing. Also, the skills and experience you accumulate while working builds equity.
A wise proverb states ‘Every labour is for profit’.
Benefits of include;
- Physical benefits; Physical wellbeing is enhanced when you work (paid or unpaid) as you are up and about and not idling away your time and life. You are more productive and physically fit, can refresh your abilities and develop your skills.
- Financial benefits; Working gives us financial stability. The ability to support ourselves and others that depend on you.
- Mental benefits; Working boosts your mental state of mind because you get to exercise your mental capability and capacity at work.
- Emotional benefits; Working improves your confidence and self-esteem because being in work gives you a sense of responsibility, self- respect and self- worth as you feel you are part of something beyond just you.
Most importantly, as you pursue a vocation paid or unpaid, strive to fulfil your purpose by identifying your core skills. If you go towards what you do best – You will be more fulfilled in work. Good luck!
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