Do you really want a job?

No one wants a jobSally is a single mother. She successfully escaped poverty by creating her own preschool. Natural choice: she loves children.

Her passion creates value: preschool is full, parents and children love it. Her paid staff (two other women) love it too. Partly because Sally pays higher than standard wages.

Three years in Sally is making it. Not on her own though. Sally relies on family to make her life run. Her mother owns the home doubling as school and household. A wealthy sister regularly sends care packages full of new clothes for Sally and her daughter. This sister also takes Sally on trips – to California, Idaho, Washington – to visit family and get away. Sally uses her sister’s login for movies and entertainment.

Preschool is exhausting. When the last child is gone, Sally is relieved. The day’s not over though. There’s cleaning, prepping, laundry. Administration. Then there’s tomorrow.

Sally provides parents support much like how her sister supports her. Sally’s effort allows people to to spend their effort in jobs that make the economy go. Someone must watch the kids. To these adults Sally provides value and service.

How many of those parents trade time with their kids for jobs which, given the choice, they would never choose to do? If you find work, passion and job in alignment in your life, lucky you. Most people working jobs on the planet aren’t so fortunate.

Humanity would be better served with more people who find alignment between work and passion and job. Funny thing is, when the first two align, the last one disappears. We don’t want more jobs. We want to work. And we’d prefer that work aligned with who we are, not with what we need.

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