8 Signs You’ve Found Your Life’s Work: Have YOU found yours?

By Shlomo  Maital     

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 Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway never fails to inform and entertain. Her latest column compares marriage and work: both require love and commitment.  In it, she mentions Fast Company’s 8 signs you’ve found your life’s work [ Amber Rae, October 16, 2012]. Have  Have YOU found your life’s work?  How would you know?   Here are the signs.  

 1. It doesn’t feel like work. Your life’s work is not a “job”–it’s a way of living. Your work enables you to create the lifestyle you want for yourself and your lifestyle includes your work.   2. You are aligned with your core values.  Your life’s work is an extension of your beliefs and worldview. You live in integrity because what you do is in accordance with who you are.  3. You are willing to suffer.  Passion comes from the latin word ‘pati,’ which means ‘to suffer.’ Your life’s work is less about following a passion and more about your willingness to suffer along the way.  4. You experience frequent flow.  You naturally and often fall “in flow,” deeply immersed by your work and the present moment. At 1:13 p.m. you realize five hours have gone by since you looked at the clock last.  5. You make room for living.  Your work provides you the ability to live fully and enjoy life.  6. Commitment is an honor. When you discover your life’s work, the question of commitment is easy. There is no hesitation or analysation as to whether or not the work is right for you.   7. The people who matter notice.  “You look vibrant!” and “I’ve never seen you so healthy and happy!” and “This is without question what you’re meant to be doing!” are among the comments you may hear from the people closest to you when you’re on the right path.  8. You fall asleep exhausted, fulfilled, and ready for tomorrow. You go to sleep each night grateful for the day. You know you’re on the right path, you gave the day your all, and you can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow. This is your life and you cannot imagine living it any other way.

  How do you score on these 8?  Below 4 or 5?   Time for some deep rethinking.