A man came across three masons who were working at chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. The first seemed unhappy at his job, chipping away and frequently looking at his watch. When the man asked what it was that he was doing, the first mason responded, rather curtly, “I’m hammering this stupid rock, and I can’t wait ’til 5 when I can go home.”
A second mason, seemingly more interested in his work, was hammering diligently and when asked what it was that he was doing, answered, “Well, I’m molding this block of rock so that it can be used with others to construct a wall. It’s not bad work, but I’ll sure be glad when it’s done.”
A third mason was hammering at his block fervently, taking time to stand back and admire his work. He chipped off small pieces until he was satisfied that it was the best he could do. When he was questioned about his work he stopped, gazed skyward and proudly proclaimed, “I…am building a cathedral!”
Three men, three different attitudes, all doing the same job.
With startling clarity, this story illustrates that purpose has the power to transform not only our attitude about the work that we do, but the quality of our work as well. If purpose can help one transcend even a physically laborious task as that undertaken by the three masons in this story, then imagine the impact that clarity of purpose can have on our work.
Consider for a moment how your job gives you the opportunity to have a positive influence within your company, friends and family. It doesn’t matter how large or small you think your role is, we’re all contributing to something greater than ourselves. Whether or not you choose to perceive it that way is up to you.
If we can define a purpose for the work that we do, it will help us achieve the results we seek to achieve in life.
🍺 to a great week ahead!