Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D., a Yale professor and researcher, discovered that people have one of three visions of their work:
- People with a job see work as a chore and the paycheck as their reward. They work because they have to.
- People with a career like the concept of advancing and succeeding.
- People with a calling find their work fulfilling and think it feels meaningful, leverages their strengths and contributes to the greater good.
Unsurprisingly, people with a calling orientation not only find their work more rewarding, but work harder and longer because of it. And as a result, these are the people who are generally more likely to get ahead. But those who don’t have a calling mindset needn’t despair.
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