Question of the Week #167

Would you be willing to do something very unsatisfying (for example, clean toilets) for five years if you were certain that the experience would afterwards bring you a deep sense of personal fulfillment for the rest of your life?

There are a lot of people out there who do not like their jobs. I’ve been one of those people before. For me, it was being a bank teller. Much as I hated that, I’m sure I’d rather go back to the bank’s drive through than be the guy who cleans all the toilets (no offense to our brilliant custodians the world over, you are appreciated).

I guess my answer is yes. I mean, I don’t understand how one would achieve this magical sense of fulfillment after doing a job that isn’t the best, but I’m sure it would be a great feeling.

On the other hand… I know what a taste of that fulfillment feels like, too. Because I’ve felt it in performing the jobs that I’ve enjoyed having over the years. So maybe I’d rather just find a job that I want to have that will allow me to feel fulfilled in the long run anyway. Why wade through five years of things I don’t want to do?

What about you? Would you do something unsatisfying to feel that permanent sense of fulfillment?

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

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