We can readily see the emotional commitment that sports people bring to their performance, we see them breakdown in a huge release of emotion when they win the greatest prizes. We see it in the crowds that follow them.

We can feel its presence in the best stage and film performances, witness it in the work of great artists. 

When we witness really high performance and great achievement it is not work at all - we call it 'work' of art, it has been created over many hours through great labour, but often for someone really lost in their creativity they are simply just there.  While they were lost in their work, absorbed and in flow, there was labour, but it was never work at all.

It can be hard to find an emotional connection and generate that deeper emotional commitment to work.  I worked in insurance, an industry which was filled with just so much paper and reading and words. Over time I did build an emotional connection of sorts, centred on just a few pieces of data:
  • Insurance is complicated and can be expensive - buyers of it can make mistakes
  • Bad things happen - in a claims department I know some days its a world of death of destruction
  • Insurances helps people to recover - which connects to my values
That changed how I felt about the work, for me I was simply helping people in anticipation that something awful might happen - that was my purpose and it made me feel good to help people.

If you are committed to becoming a master at what you do for a living you might be asking yourself some deeper questions, thinking beyond all the implications and advantages of financial reward perhaps:
  • What would you say is your purpose at work?
  • How do you help people?
  • How do you contribute?
  • What do you take most pride from in your work?
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Spend some time in thought, looking beyond the task on the desk or the bit in the machine, or the mop in the bucket in front of you like the cleaner at NASA helping man to reach the moon.

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