I read a blog post a month ago that I still find myself thinking about almost every day at work. It’s this post by Peter Weddle, author of Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System. I haven’t read his book, but may consider picking it up based on the blog.
I’ve strung together a few of Peter’s sentences to create a summary of his article to convince you to click through to the original post:
“Millions of Americans are still convinced that the best way to protect themselves in this stuttering economy is with long hours and never-ending devotion to their job…You have to change both your focus and your priority. You have to shift your focus from your job to your career. And you have to shift your priority from what you do for your employer to what you do for yourself. Here’s what I mean.…Focus on your career. Concentrate on building up the capability, flexibility, utility and visibility of your talent — your DNA of excellence.”
When I read this on February 26, I emailed it to many of my colleagues. My supervisor immediately responded with, “That is a great article. I also wonder if you feel connected to what the author wrote due to the fact that this philosophy is one that you are already putting into practice?” Have I mentioned how much I love my supervisor lately?
So, read the article. Let it marinate awhile. I’ll be back in a few days with a thoughtful post about putting this philosophy into practice. Could this be the next step to the elusive “work/life balance?” Contact me if you’ve got something to contribute as well.