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Something Different is Calling

Editor’s Note: This is  an excerpt from Jakob Sokol‘s new e-book: Living on Purpose

“The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” -Buddha

Have you ever thought about the difference between a job and a career?

There’s a big difference! A job is something that people do to get themselves a pay check. Cha-ching! It brings money into the bank and puts food into their faces. They may learn some new skills, but beyond that, it doesn’t do much more for them.

Picture me delivering peperoni pizzas and chicken rolls outta my 1990 Acura Legend when I was 16 years old for some fast cash. That was a job, not a career.

A career, on the other hand, is something that can not only dish out some deluxe dollars, but also gives people an opportunity to grow.

They can grow their technical skills, grow their position within the company, and yes, even grow their wallet a bit wider. Health insurance, ten annual paid vacation days, 401(k) and pensions – now we’re talking!

Picture me walking into a computer technician position fixing printers when I was 21 years old. Three years later I was designing and implementing complex network solutions for high paying clients. See the growth? That was a career, not just a job.

Job vs. career. Make sense?

Can you think back to a time in your life when you had a JOB? I bet it felt pretty dead-ended.

Now think of a CAREER and what that feels like in comparison.

Big difference right?

A career can certainly make you LOOK and even feel successful. Think about it – people probably admire your diligent dedication to the company you work for. You’ve got yourself a title that you tell people when they ask you what you do.

Tell me if this sounds familiar: After you got your diploma, you were lucky enough to score a salaried position with an established organization. Unemployment rates are up and you feel that you SHOULD be happy to have a job that pays the bills… but you’re not fully satisfied. Something’s missing.

It feels like you’re STUCK in the monotonous routine, day after day, doing work that you’re “supposed” to do. But underneath it all, what you think that you’re supposed to do doesn’t FIRE you up anymore and you wish there was more to life.

If you know what I’m talking about here, give me a silent head nod.

What I’ve discovered is that in order to be truly happy at work…

Ring… Ring… Ring…


A calling is something that you not only do well, but that you LOVE to do. You use your signature strengths daily doing stuff you’re passionate about while contributing to something that’s larger than yourself. (Not sure what all those are yet? No worries – we’ll figure them out in a bit.)

Career vs. calling. Are you starting to get it?

Ever hear someone say “I was made for this!” Calllll-llllling!!

Do you think Oprah saw her talk show as a career or as a calling? How about Bob Marley – was he thinking about CAREER advancement when he wrote “One Love”? Chris Rock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Larry Bird – careers or callings?

You don’t need to have a multi-million dollar bank account to live your calling. But, you can see that fully engaging in what you love can have some handsome side effects. (I’m not saying that you’ll be buddies with Donald Trump but in my opinion, inspiration is valuable, and when you do what inspires you, you create value.)

Jacob Sokol is committed to living an extraordinary life and would love to help you do the same. He just released “Living on Purpose – An Uncommon Guide to Finding, Living, and Rocking Your Life’s Purpose.” He also loves his mom dearly.”

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