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How would you answer these 3 questions?
A self-reflection moment.
Inc. magazine recently published the article Steve Jobs Said Your Overall Happiness in Life Really Comes Down to Asking 4 Simple Questions. Jobs asked these questions of the 2005 graduates from Stanford University, not long after being told he had three to six months to live. These questions have me thinking, especially as Spring, the season of blooming and new growth, started this week.
Here are my reflections.
Am I living the life that I want and doing the work that I want to do?
Mostly and Yes. My calling is to help people find the best versions of themselves, hence being a corporate trainer and coach in some fashion for over 30 years. Now, talking about joy, engagement and burnout avoidance is really my jam. I could talk about these topics all day.
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
Simply…no. At least if that last day is a Monday through Friday. I don’t love work enough—any work—for it to be the last thing I do. Put me on a boat in the Adriatic Sea on the Croatian coast with my most loved people. That’s my last day.
Am I doing what I love?
Yes. I’m meant to be an entrepreneur. I love to build and grow things. When the challenges become great and I let my mind wander to other work I could be doing, I can’t see myself anywhere else. I am right where I am supposed to be. No work, job or profession is sunshine and roses all the time so I’ve learned to appreciate and embrace the highs and the lows and have enabled both to fuel me.
How would you answer these questions? As Steve said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”