007 20: Figure out what you want


A book by Michael E Gerber

According to researchers on average one-third of human life is spent at work. This is a huge amount of time which speaks to the fact that our jobs make a huge impact on the quality of life we live. Here is a brief excerpt from a book by Michael E Gerber The E-Myth Revisited to remind us about how work is a reflection of our being.  

“The work we do is a reflection of who we are. If we are lazy at it, it is because we are lazy inside. If we are late at it, it is because we are late inside. If we are bored by it, it is because we are bored inside, with ourselves, not with the work. The most menial work can be a piece of art when done by an artist. So the job here is not outside of ourselves, but inside of ourselves. How we do our work becomes a mirror of how we are inside”

The manager continued as if the owner were talking through him. “Work is passive without you. It can not do anything. Work is only an idea before a person does it. But the moment a person does it, the impact of the work on the world becomes a reflection of that idea – the idea behind the work – as well as the person doing it. 

“In the process, the work you do becomes you. And you become the force that breathes life into the idea behind the work.

“You become the creator of the impact on the world of the work you do. “There is no such thing as undesirable work. There are only people who see certain kinds of work as undesirable. People who use every excuse in the world to justify when they have to do work they hate to do. People who look upon their work as a punishment for who they are and where they stand in the world, rather than as an opportunity to see themselves as they really are. 

“ What the boss said is that people like that do not bring life to the idea of the work they do, they bring death to it…

Find work that you love, and research the people who created it. Then go work with or for them if you can.”


Gerber , M. E. (1995 - 2003). The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do about it. 1st ed. [ebook] New York, N.Y: HarperBusiness, p.224-225. Available at: https://archive.org/details/TheEMythRevisitedMichaelE.Gerber [Accessed 28 March 2020].


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