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Career vs. Job

Even though the two terms are often used to mean the same thing, there is a difference between having a job and having a career.

A job by definition is a paid position of regular employment. When someone refers to a job, most likely they are referring to a place where they spend their time doing a task(s) in exchange for a paycheck. People get a job to pay the bills, learn new skills, or to earn money for a big purchase.

When someone refers to having a career, it means building on experience and advancing their job skills and knowledge. It can take years of hard work to build a career. Most times, too, someone who sets out to build a career sets goals to not only get the job done, but to also learn valuable skills and gain experiences.

One of my favorite quotes that keeps me motivated daily was said by Mike Wallace: “If you don’t wake up in the morning excited to pick up where you left your work yesterday, you haven’t found your calling yet.”

Regardless, if you are currently working a job or building a career, you want to enjoy what you do. Here are some helpful tips to help you feel better about work.

- Know what motivates and what drains you: When you wake up in the morning are you excited to get to work or are you always dreading what awaits you?

- Is your heart in your work? Are you genuinely happy when you’re at work, or are watching the clock and hitting the ground running like the Flintstones when its 5 o’clock?

- Know what you want: When it comes down to it, don’t settle for a job or career that you don’t like. Life is too short! When you have a position that truly makes you happy, all areas in your professional and personal life will be improved, which makes for a better you.

Find the job or career that you enjoy. Both can be equally rewarding depending on your personal situation and feelings.