I loved my job. I loved what I was doing, and I loved the organization I was doing it for. It was a wonderful job. So, you can imagine my great disappointment when I was told I would be one of many being laid off. Disappointment quickly turned to depression as I tried to make sense of what happened.
A wise person told me something then I wish I had known earlier in my career. He said, “You can love your job but your job can never love you back.” Isn’t that true? Our jobs can provide income. They can give us a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Our jobs can even be opportunities for personal growth. However, our jobs can never love us. Let us be sure then, we don’t lose sight of those who do love us back.
Take Away: The purpose of a job is to care for your family, not to be a substitute for it.