There was a fun story on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning about a software engineer in the United States who had apparently outsourced his work to China. This led to a jokey discussion from the presenter about the appeal, the practicalities and of course the consequences of paying someone else to do your work.
As someone who feels lucky (most of the time) to have a job which is a vocation and a passion, it struck me as somewhat sad that he felt this way about his work. Even more, to discover he used the time created by this ruse to watch some of the videos of cats on YouTube.
(Actually there are some great cat videos on YouTube – although this is my favourite cat related one.)
One of the most inspiring aspects of spending time helping aspiring entrepreneurs and listening to successful ones, is hearing about their attitude to work – they don’t have one. If I had a pound for every time someone said, “since starting my business I have not had a day of work”… I would have about £20 by now. But seriously, you can hear that their business is their passion, both in what they say and their tone of voice. Being master or mistress of their own fate means so much to them.
I had my share of unrewarding jobs before stumbling upon the information profession and seeing the light, so I can relate to some extent to this cat loving computer programmer. But it seems such a shame to think of someone being creative enough to outsource their work, but not enough to find an activity to give them a sense of fulfilment.
Perhaps our business and life coach Rasheed Ogunlaru might be able to inspire them to help to discover what their heart truly desires, and the route to bring it to life.