Why do you work?

A simple question without an easy answer. Research shows that the average person could spend up to 90,000 hours working in their lifetime. It’s only natural to seek a good enough reason why you should spend all that time slaving away in the four walls of your office, on the shop floor or on the field.

We can fall into the trap of routine or financial obligations. Like a hamster in that spinning wheel, we can get stuck in that comfortable rhythm. In some instances, we lose sight of what’s really important. We stop having fun and we lose perspective.

Shifting Points of View

When you wake up one day and wonder what you’re doing and what for, take a step back and reflect. It’s all too easy to be so focused on something and lose sight of everything else. Your work can be like that tree in the middle of a road that keeps you from seeing beyond or moving past the cycle. With all the clutters waylaid on your path as you move from job to job, you find yourself not being clear of what drives you to fulfillment.

Through a Child’s Eyes

For children, life is practically all about having fun. Even when they go to school, they always look forward to playing with friends. They don’t have that work-eat-sleep (yet) mantra that leaves no room for personal leisure. Simple as their problems are, they know their priority – have fun. As adults, you have bigger concerns, bigger fish to fry—but should you let that get in the way of seeing other aspects of your life? Kids don’t let schoolwork get in the way of their play. So can you.

image of people as seen through a Kaleidoscope

Clarity and focus

This allows you to open up to the beautiful kaleidoscope of your work life. Your outlook has a significant impact on your output. Without the right mindset, you could be all over the map. Sometimes your vision gets muddled by the trivial, or you can get distracted by concerns that could be irrelevant in hindsight. If you could ground yourself with clear goals and strong values, you’ll always find yourself getting right back on track.

So I pose this question again, “Why do you work?”. If you see work in view of your life context that you feel good about, carry on. Otherwise, see if you need some perspective check.


If you’d like to pause and get a perspective of your career, email me at gina@careercoefficient.ca to get a Career GPS check.