I have a relative who loves working. Sure, she complains for as long as you’ll listen about her bosses, her long hours, all the business trips she has to take, etc.., But you can tell, even with all these complaints, that she really, truly loves working.
I, on the other hand, would be quite happy if I never had to work another day in my life. I’d love to read more books, watch more movies, hang out more with my wife and kids … all the good stuff in life.
For a while, it seemed that having a wonderful, brilliant career was the most important thing in a growing number of people’s lives. I constantly ran into people like my relative, people who care more about more their work than they did anything else in their lives. Their careers were who they were.
I wonder if this is changed for many people? After all, companies are firing dedicated, hard-working employees every day in this awful economy. It shows that even the best workers should expect zero loyalty from their employers. It also shows that it’s a bit of a waste to care so much about a career that can ripped away whenever the economy goes sour.