It’s Not The Work

“It is not the work I don’t like. It is the having to work I don’t like.”

As told to me long ago by my client Carmen Birney.

Pretty much sums it up for most of us. As we approach the New Year Resolution season it is probably smart to notice that we like to work, but we like some parts of it more than others.

A resolution to do more of what we like just because we like it is a worthy one. It will lead to many things including not needing to do it. Efficient working at things you like means people value you more and you earn more and you save more and you retire early. Except then you get bored and want to keep doing the things you like. It is a cruel world.

It might also be worthy to enhance our skills in the like-to-do area. Maybe a course, or some organized reading, or on-line presentations. Most people like doing things they are good at and it takes some effort to get good. Some time now will create value for the rest of your life.

Things like public speaking, writing, exercising, playing squash, golf, selling, counseling, building websites, writing a blog, gardening, cooking are things that are fun when you are good at them. There is no easy way to competence, so put in the practice and expect a very long and rewarding payback for your effort.

Live Long and Prosper.

Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario. don.s@protectorsgroup.com

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