Words of advice for new graduates—and anyone else, for that matter.
Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Some millennia later Amy Wrzesniewski from Yale developed a framework for understanding how people approach their work lives that underscores this ancient proverb.
According to her model, people fall roughly into one of three categories: job people, who focus on the material benefits of their work, and little else; career people, for whom satisfaction is derived from advancement and the attendant leaps in pay and status; and calling people who work not primarily for the financial rewards, but for the fulfillment that the work brings them. What both Wrzesniewski and the ancient Chinese philosopher intuited is that following a calling is the gold standard in career strategy. If you find the work you’re meant for you’ll be better at it, your accomplishments will expand, you’ll be happier, and you’ll find personal satisfaction.