Episode 299: Job, Career, or Calling?

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On Today’s Show

Author Richard Shell asks us an important question: Is what you do a job, a career, or a calling? All are respectable and valid, but a calling, or what Richard calls “meaningful work,” is the ultimate goal. It allows you to work in your area of genius while also gaining the inner satisfaction that comes from both excellence and totally enjoying what you do.

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1 Simple Thing Action:

Take a small, specific step today toward integrating the three elements of Meaningful Work: what people will pay you to do, what you are talented at doing, and what excites you emotionally.


Richard Shell

  • Thomas Gerrity Professor of Legal Studies, Business Ethics, and Management at the Wharton School of Business
  • Director of the Wharton Executive Negotiation Workshop and the Wharton Strategic Persuasion Workshop
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