What Gets You Up In The Morning?

Every so often it’s helpful to reflect on why your job matters to you – why you put in all the effort, passion and commitment you do.

For me, one of those moments came last week when I read this post by my colleague Rob Clark (which I’m re-publishing here with his permission).

I’ve worked a number of jobs throughout my life. Every single one of them I’ve put everything I’ve got into it. That’s just how I’m wired. I can’t be at a place and not give it my loyalty, my dedication and the full extent of what I have to offer.

Most of these jobs have adequately compensated me though a few have undervalued my contributions and balked at fair payment. Some of the jobs were extremely rewarding – most often through the people I’ve worked with. Some of them were educational – though more often than not a hard lesson learned.

But I have to say that my job at Edelman is the first where I consistently feel that I’m getting more back than I put in. And lord knows I put in a lot.

What’s more – I know that this isn’t simply a momentary happenstance or aligning of events. The company is putting the effort into making this a culture. Making this the regular modus operandi. I greatly appreciate that effort because it tells me this is not just a fluke or temporary alignment of good people. This is the way things will be. Smart people, doing creative and challenging work, together as a team.

I couldn’t agree more, and couldn’t be prouder to have people like Rob with me on that team.

What about you?

  • Ktoon

    I had a boss once who consistently told employees that “it is important to make money, but it is not what gets me up in the morning and ready to come to work”. Her goal was to create a corporate culture for our customers that spoke to heart, mind and pocketbook. Heart first, all the rest will follow. Your blog headline made me think of this great piece of advice! Thanks Dave. KT

  • Me  cat Jo JO!

  • what a great post ! i enjoyed it ! thanks for sharing !

  • A sense of purpose is what gets me up in the morning, and fulfillment is the one that gets me through out the day. The compensation is just a part of the process=)

  • that is just great) thank you!

  • Shannon August

    This is a very inspiring post for a senior in college about to enter the real world. One fear of mine is settling for a job that will help me get by. You have presented the possibility of a company that invest time in creating an organizational work environment and a place where portraying passion for the industry is more important than money. I am excited to see what can happen with that.

  • It is very interesting!

  • It’s nice and refreshing to know there are people like Rob that have found a job they love and gives them something to look forward to in the morning. I keep telling my friends, most of which are frustrated at their jobs, that it’s ok to seek the job you like. It’s healthy. Thanks for sharing this story.

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  • sarkari in

    Its good sleep that wakens you up in morning.