Is work just work?

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Are you enjoying your work? Last week, I bumped into an old colleague during my train journey. As we started chatting, I casually asked him about work; to which he replied: “Work is just work, nothing exciting about it.”

This made me wonder if it was just him, or are there many others who feel the same way. Is work just work; nothing more than that. Is it something, that if given a chance, should be avoided?

I work in IT and in the last few years, I have only been working on projects. This means that in those years, I have had some goals, some deadlines; and some go-lives to look forward to, which made my work challenging and exciting. Even earlier in my career, as a support analyst, I enjoyed helping others; and felt like I was saving the day if I got things done sooner than expected. For me, work is not just work. It is a source of excitement and fulfilment, a chance to trigger my creativity; and with focus and dedication, deliver the best results. And, of course, my source of income.

So is our work not a chance to show the world what best we can achieve with our efforts; or fulfil our role on this planet to help and serve others? Or am I just one of those lucky ones, to be working in jobs they love? I would love to know what most of you working in the same industry as me think.

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