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9781599473802

Make Your Job a Calling : How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work

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    9781599473802

  • ISBN10:

    1599473801

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-10-15
  • Publisher: Templeton Foundation Pr
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Summary

Do you ever feel sick of your job? Do you ever envy those people who seem to positively love what they do? While those people head off to work with a sense of joy and purpose, for the rest of us trudging back to the office on Monday morning or to the factory for the graveyard shift or to the job site on a hundred-degree day can be an exercise in soul crushing desperation. " If onlywe could change jobs," we tell ourselves, " thatwould make it better." But we don't have the right education . . . or we don't have enough experience . . . or the economy isn't right . . . or we can't afford the risk right now. So we keep going back to the same old unsatisfying jobs. The wonderful truth, though, is that almost any kind of occupation can offer any one of us a sense of calling. Regardless of where we are in our careers, we can all find joy and meaning in the work we do, from the construction zone flagger who keeps his crew safe to the corporate executive who believes that her company's products will change the world. In Make Your Job a Callingauthors Bryan J. Dik and Ryan D. Duffy explore this powerful idea and help the reader navigate the many challenges-both internal and external-that may arise along the pathway to a sense of calling at work. Over the course of four sections, the authors define the idea of calling, review cutting-edge research on the subject, provide practical guidelines for discerning a calling at all stages of work and life, and explore what calling will look like as workplace norms continue to evolve. They also take pains to present a realistic view of the subject by unpacking the perils and challenges of pursuing one's higher purpose, especially in an uncertain economy. The lessons presented will resound with anyone in any line of work and will show how the power of calling can beneficially shape individuals, organizations, and society as a whole.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Calling in the Twenty-first Century
Recovering Callingp. 3
What Work Means, and the Difference It Makesp. 23
Dimensions of Calling
Listeningp. 45
Making Meaningp. 65
Serving Othersp. 87
Discovering and Living a Calling
Forging a Pathp. 109
Job Craftingp. 131
Callings outside of Paid Workp. 151
Boundary Conditions and Challenges of a Calling
Perils and Pitfallsp. 173
A Role for Calling in the Changing World of Workp. 197
Questions and Answersp. 221
Notesp. 253
Indexp. 269
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