The Connection Between Love and Work

I’m a colleague of Nan’s. I regularly post here about work, life and sometimes the blending of the two.

On average Americans work 47 hours a week. Yet, according to a recent Gallup Poll – only 32% of workers are engaged at work. Plus, to some work is an unpleasant four-letter word. We spend more than a third of our day where we aren’t engaged. So, what to do about it?

I went looking for ideas and inspiration. Here’s what I discovered from a few successful entrepreneurs and respected thinkers – the biggest index for success is – find something you believe in and love to do.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”  – Albert Schweitzer

“Really getting to do what you love to do everyday–that’s really the ultimate luxury. And particularly when you get to do it with terrific people around you.” – Warren Buffet Picture-Heart2

“You have to really love and believe in what you’re doing. I think that’s the most important thing. If you start to build something … it’s hard and you encounter a lot of challenges. If you don’t completely love and believe in what you’re doing, it actually ends up being the rational thing for you to stop doing it or succumb to some of the challenges, because there will be huge challenges that you face …” – Mark Zuckerberg

“Believe in your instincts, and don’t be afraid to fail. It took me two years from the time I had the idea for Spanx until the time I had a product in hand ready to sell into stores. Not being afraid to fail is a key part of the success of Spanx.” – Sara Blakely

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – Robert Frost

Here’s a few simple questions to spark your thinking: What does this inspire for you? What do you believe in? What do you love to do?

Just In: Congratulations to Nan honored to Trust Across America’s 2016 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trust for the third year in a row! As many of you know Nan is passionate about the topic of trust specifically in the workplace.  One of her books is Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement and Innovation (Career Press 2014). And she blogs for on the topic “Trust: The New Workplace Currency.”