In one of my random online searches, I stumbled upon this new employee inspiration note from Apple Company. It resonated deeply with me as I imagine it does with their employees.
There’s work and there’s your life’s work.
The kind of work that has your fingerprints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. That you’d sacrifice a weekend for. You can do that kind of work at Apple. People don’t come here to play it safe. They come here to swim in the deep end.
The want their work to add up to something. Something big. Something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.
As I sit on my lanai typing this post, I know without a doubt what my life’s work is. I’ve known for years my calling was helping farmers, my niche has always been promoting and protecting food and crop agriculture in Hawaii. My why has never altered, only how I accomplish it has. Now obviously I’m not going to work for Apple but ironically a friend of mine tried to get me to several years ago. Their “why” didn’t match my own, now an offer that combines my why with their mission and goals; well I’d say that would be a recipe for a successful relationship. Not all of us are able to combine our work with our life’s work, I’m one of the lucky ones.
How do you know if you’ve found your life’s work? Here are 8 signs you’ve found it by Fast Company.
I’m blessed to exercise my skills and pursue my passions while living my Hawaii life on my terms. It’s difficult to consider it “work” as it feels more like an extension of myself. At times, I find it hard to draw the line, but somehow I manage to find balance. I’m passionate and dedicated to my life’s work yet sometimes even I need to unwind and unplug, an important part of keeping my sanity.
A few years ago when I choose to follow my dreams versus going with the safe choice, my friends thought I was crazy. Secretly at times so did I, yet I never let on that I had doubts. All good leaders have doubts, or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. ヅ
I chose my current path, although there was a point fate stepped in to bring me to my senses for which I will be forever grateful. When you experience an aha moment in life, you never forget them. The past three years have been a whirlwind both personally and professionally. I’m excited to see what my path looks like over the next five years. Whatever the future brings I like swimming in the deep end and certainly have the desire to be part of something bigger.
What’s your life’s work or mission? Do you desire to swim in the deep end or be part of something bigger?