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Turning your job into a calling

January 11, 2011

What Experts Say…
“Work can be a source . . . of gratification that far outstrips wages, and by becoming a calling, it displays the peculiar and wondrous capacity of our species for deep commitment.” (Psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman in his book Authentic Happiness.)


In Other Words…
When we know our personal strengths and choose work that lets us use those strengths, we are much more likely to find growth and satisfaction in our work. We can turn a job that bores us into one that energizes us. Rather than a job or career, our work can become a calling. By viewing our job as a calling, instead of merely a way to earn a paycheck, we can find a level of gratification in our work that we otherwise would never have found.

How This Applies to You…
Learn what YOUR personal strengths are by taking the free VIA Survey of Character Strengths at This survey will help you determine which of the 24 strengths identified in humans are your greatest (or signature) strengths.

Once you have identified your personal strengths, try to find ways to use them into your job. When you can use your strengths in your job, it helps you view your job as a calling instead of just a paycheck.

To Find Out More…
For an excellent (and free!) program on improving your personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress at

For in-depth reading, we recommend Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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