Enjoying Job Satisfaction (Part 5)

by Patrick Liew on October 27, 2011

The first job I had after graduation was serving my National Service. I had to go through tough military courses before being posted to become a platoon commander. Eventually, I became a Company OIC before I completed my service.

Most people did not relish the idea of being a national service man. Many have resigned to the belief that they have to bear with tough and worse, unhappy times.

I was one of the few who decided since I had no choice, I might as well make full use of my time. I want to learn to enjoy the army life, and I did – thoroughly.

I had a choice – to treat my army life as what psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski would say, ‘ as a job, career, or calling.

Most people will treat their job as work. You do what you have to do and you exchange your time and effort for an income.

Some people treat their job as a profession. They have more pride in their job, and they invest time and effort to build a career. They are driven by promotions, having more authority, earning a higher salary, and performing more difficult tasks.

I see my service in the army and for that matter, all my jobs, as a calling. I’m not in it for the money and I not driven just by the career path.

I see my role and responsibilities as a privilege to serve the people around me.

For example, I used my time as an officer to make friends with the soldiers and to help them be better prepared to defend our beautiful country.

I even stayed back during many weekends to try and minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of my men.

Over the years, I have come to realize that every job, work, assignment, project, or anything that I am called upon to do can be a calling.

I can leverage upon it to make a positive impact on lives. Through the work, I can make positive contributions to the industry and society.

There is always a higher calling that I can fulfill in my job. It also applies to whatever project is assigned to me by any legitimate organization.

If you want to have more job satisfaction, see your job as a calling.

When you do that, you will be able to say, “Thank God, It’s Today (or another working day)!”


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com

Visit my Inspiration blog at http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we treat our jobs as a personal calling from our Creator?



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