Why am I doing this?

Read another great post on The Story of Telling blog…

Why am I doing this.  Questioning what’s important.

In the blog post, she asks one question for people to consider: Why am I doing this?

Her question (and blog) made me think…and I am thankful for going with my gut and taking my current position (student success coordinator) six years ago, instead of a higher level position, such as a director or assistant dean.  Although I took a pay cut, I was given an opportunity to help people: (1) heal their pain, (2) find their purpose/path in life, and/or (3) fulfill their dreams – and fortunately, I get to do this on a daily basis.  If I had a higher level position, the chances for me to do this work (and to be on this journey myself), would have probably been less likely to happen.  I chose wisely!  🙂  (Side note: I also met my wonderful wife Rebecca, so taking this job was a double pay-off!)

So, after all that, my question to you: why are you doing this (your current work)?  As a follow-up, would you still do it if they decreased your salary – or even let you go?

Now, how about taking your thoughts to another (deeper) level, with these two questions:

  1. What do you want for/from your work?
  2. What do you want for/from your life?

Are they one of the same?  Leave a comment with your thoughts…

P.S. If these two questions are difficult for you to answer, you may want to attend the conference I’m hosting in September, “Educating for Purpose, Inspiring for Life.”  Check out more about the conference here.  It may be just the thing you need to take your work – and your life – to another level!

4 thoughts on “Why am I doing this?

  1. Good questions! I also took a pay cut for my academic advising position, and now more than ever, I know that I made the right move. Career: I want to connect to students and facilitate opportunities and conversations for increase their capacity to succeed. My understanding of success contains embracing all dimensions of life, while integrating meaning and purpose. The reality is Life IS all of the above and more as work is not separate from “me”.

    • Pam, thank you for sharing! It’s nice to know that there are others out there who realize that our “true work” is much more important than money – but it is nice to be paid for the true work that we do! I’m sure your students truly appreciate the work that you do with them! Keep up the great work!

  2. whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, many people are looking around for this info, you could help them greatly.

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