I work only for the money

“Law school sucked all the life and creativity out of me.”  “I’ve never been happy practicing law.”  “I have never had a sense of purpose.”  “I feel destined to do something great, but have no idea why or what.”  “I work only for the money.” These are statements from a young attorney – who in his last position had been sick for 6 months, “triggered initially by stress.”  But a new “career opportunity” presented itself and he is now working in a prestigious position with a Fortune 500 company.  Unfortunately, the sickness is returning, starting with the symptoms of a … Read More

Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

This is a guest post from Troy Stoneking. In his own words, “I’m a very happily married man who writes, speaks, coaches and consults for individuals and organizations. By combining decades of experience in both the corporate world and entrepreneurship I help others find what they love to do in life whether at a job or in their own business. In addition I show companies how to find and keep the best people. I’d love to connect with you at TroyStoneking.com or on Facebook at Troy Stoneking!”  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.  The road from … Read More

Can you say this about your work?

“Work is love made visible.  And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.  For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.  And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.   And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and … Read More

Do you want this………..?

If you can’t describe what you want, don’t say you never had a chance. The people who complain the loudest about never having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who have no idea what they really want.  They end up as what Zig Ziglar calls “wandering generalities.”  They aren’t happy where they are but can’t tell you where they want to be. And nothing is their fault.  They are victims of the economy, their upbringing, their lack of education, the country they live in, or the evil company they work for.  The real world puts them at a … Read More

Take This Job and ………… Love it?

Throughout history music has not taken kindly to the idea of “work.” Sixteen Ton – Tennessee Ernie Ford.  “You load 16 ton and whadda get, another day older and deeper in debt.” Chain Gang – Sam Cooke.  “You hear them moanin’ their lives away…” Car Wash – Rose Royce.  “You might not ever get rich but let me tell you, it’s better than digging a ditch.” A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles.  ”It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog” Get a Job –  The Silhouettes.  “After breakfast, everyday, she throws the want ads right … Read More

Is Work a Curse from God?

What we do for a living, or in a ministry, or in our family life is the application of our calling.  Apart from engaging our creativity, our artistry, our skills, abilities and gifts – it is impossible to live out our calling.  We cannot complete God’s call in a vacuum – we must be engaged in work of some kind.  We are all “called” to a life of service and ministry – the way we are equipped to do that varies from person to person. But if we view work as a curse, how does than impact our effectiveness?  How … Read More

Working hard – or workaholism?

Dear Dan — can you explain the difference between working hard and workaholism? Too many confuse the two and neglect their families, the Lord’s day rest, and the quality of life because they live for their employers and their jobs. So many families and churches are hurting because of the workaholism in the culture. Thanks, John

Ready to Die? Just Retire

Our culture has tried to convince us we deserve to be able to retire – to remove ourselves from this thing called work.  But is that a privilege or a curse?  Research continues to mount showing those who retire at age 55 have double the risk of dying before reaching 65 as compared to those who work beyond age 60. In The Prophet, poet and philosopher Kahil Gibran says this about work:  “You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.  For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, … Read More

Stop Working – Get more done!

Yes, I know the obvious disconnect in this title.  We all believe that if we just work more, we’ll get more done.  But I’ve found that’s not necessarily true.  My best productivity comes from having a mix of work and regular breaks. Where are you and what are you doing when you get your best ideas?  Over the last twenty years I’ve asked this of hundreds of clients and friends.  The most frequent answers are “when I was in the shower,” “when I was walking on the beach,” “when I was reading a book,” “when I was on the treadmill,” … Read More

Ouch – but it’s worth it?

Thousands of guys get vasectomies in March.  Guess why?  Is it because they are suddenly feeling responsible as heads of families?  Or because they are going to focus on adoption rather than fathering more children of their own? Actually the increase is because the guys want to be able to sit on the couch and watch the March Madness basketball games. Across the country, urologists like Dr. Stephen Jones of the Cleveland Clinic find that the number of scheduled vasectomies tends to jump by 50 percent the week that the tournament begins. Here’s a really blatant audio ad for the … Read More