Well? Do you?
I have to admit that there have often been times when I have not. When working on boring or repetitive documents or when I am working when I have something else to do, I do wonder why I am doing this instead of x, y or z.
This question has come up again as I have had a lot of clients lately who are involved in very interesting projects. It has made me wonder why I do this and not these fantastic jobs that others do. I could easily list 10 here but I will limit it to 3 examples of what I mean:
- The woman who wrote her life story as a “self help” type book. It was so interesting and nicely written (in Spanish) and covered so many topics that were really quite thought provoking, I struggled to focus on translating it.
- The company who do artistic creations for ads and films - quite simply jaw dropping stuff for some top brands.
- The start up company selling a sheepskin substitute - nice idea, great advantages and they are really aiming big with their product
These people from different parts of the world, working on very different projects with various forms of creativity and flair really seem to love their work. So the question arose, do I?
The short answer is, yes I do.
The longer answer includes the why. While I never “dreamed” that this would be what I do for a living, I am extremely content in doing it and the lifestyle it affords me. The freedom of self employment certainly makes up for the difficulties it also entails. But that is not loving what I do, it is loving how I do it.
My examples are all doing things that I like the idea of doing but actually would not ever really do. Sure, I could write a thought provoking self help book but it would be different - it wouldn’t be hers (obviously). Art, not something I could really do, my stick men and trees are just too similar looking for me to be an artist. Creating an innovative product and bringing it to the world, hmmm, yeah - I have had some ideas for new products but not the bravery to pursue them.
However, my job which I do love, is to help these people to express themselves. Whether it is translating, proofreading or improving their texts, my job in a nutshell is to make sure that their communication is the best that it can be - to capture their vision, flair, goals and passion - and to communicate that to whoever they need to communicate it to. I love doing that.
I love using my abilities to make their abilities shine through.
Anyway, that’s enough of a break, back to what I love for a few hours and then I will be taking the weekend off! Inspired by @emmaki’s post, I am taking the kids to Limerick for the weekend so I won’t be online except to answer inbox messages (gotta keep that response rate going and the regulars happy!). Play nice while I’m away and don’t give the other mods too much to do.