Our Work Story

February 15, 2011

If you go to a party or networking event with a lot of people you don’t know, chances are you’ll get asked the dreaded question: “so what do you do for a living?” If you’re fortunate to do work that you enjoy and get paid reasonably well, there’s a good chance you’ll give an enthusiastic answer that describes what you do. If you’re between jobs or hate your job (or you’re just plain burned out), you’ll likely keep your answer short or change the subject altogether.

But how often do you go to a party and see someone’s face light up when they talk about their job?

I bet it’s not often.

We get comfortable in our unfulfilling jobs.  We settle. We accept our situations.  We often don’t risk our present day survival for an opportunity to thrive and be happy. And we often focus on the negative aspects of the job.

Believe me, I’ve been there and have lived this reality, myself.

It’s time for all of us to be able to go to that party and light up the room with our work stories.  It’s time for our stories to inspire action and influence others to take their own positive actions.  Our world and our families need us to be happy and fulfilled.

Which brings me to the video below.  I stumbled upon this video a few days ago and was sucked in, first of all, by the quality of the shots and the awesome scenery in and around San Francisco.  But as I continued watching, I was sucked in by his work story.  I love how he admits that people think he’s a little nuts.  I also enjoy that he acknowledges he’s not making the big bucks, but says he’s happy and fulfilled anyway.  And as an avid cyclist who rides a Cannondale, it was good to see him riding the same bike brand that brings me so much joy every summer.

GODSPEED from California is a place. on Vimeo.

How about you…what’s your work story? And if you don’t like it, are you ready to write another one?

1 Lance February 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I love how your writing here makes me think…about where I’m at and where I’m headed.

I also love that the video you shared features a biker!! Me? I have a Trek…my wife, though, has a Cannondale!!

2 Tim February 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

Hi Lance: Thank you for your comment. My goal for this post was not to come across as any sort of expert…but rather as someone who struggles with this too. It’s good to be reminded, sometimes, how we have more control of our career situations than we realize. And yeah, this was a great video that gave me the feel of being back on the bike again. I think Trek and Cannondale are both great brands..so you and your wife are in a great situation. Before purchasing my Cannondale about six years ago, I rode the same heavy ten-speed that I had when I was in high school and college. So that Cannondale really revolutionized my riding and helped me achieve pure cycling bliss. Have a great weekend!

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