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“Work is in the heart and in the head!” The psychology of Work and working…

Whatever a region’s employment rate, work, or the lack of it, has always played a significant role in human society. Since the beginning of time work has been a means of earning a living, of filling our time or of giving purpose to our lives. We tend to identify people by their job, as when we meet people for the first time or fill in a visa-form, we are often asked for our occupation. In some circles and parts of the world, it is still acceptable to ask what your father does for a living for his profession, to define your standing in society. Why does work seem so character and status defining?

According to Christian teachings, God told the first humans they were to work in the sweat of their face as punishment for eating from the tree of knowledge. The 18th century thinker Adam Smith argued that work is the true price for everything, as it is through work that objects are transformed into things that people need or want.

In this part of the world up until only a few decades ago the convictions about work were pretty straight-forward. As a woman you might have worked as a teacher, nurse or secretary prior to marriage, if you had worked at all, and by the time you had created some offspring your job would be that of a home maker. As a man you did what your father did. Job satisfaction or career progression were, for most, alien concepts. Fast forward to the 21st century and (almost) all are able to obtain university degrees and other qualifications to get ahead in life, climb the career ladder and/ or start their own business.

With the idea in mind that we ourselves shape are working life, being employable, especially in the current economic climate, can be a bitter pill to swallow. As many of those who have been employable for quite some time can testify, the status of employability can affect one’s sense of self, which doesn’t make it any easier to find work.

How can our psychology and mindset help us gain employment? Most of us need to work to generate income that is able to pay for both the basic as well as the finer things in life. We therefore often identify ourselves and others with our occupation. However, it is very important to keep in mind that we are not our work. Work is something that we do and hopefully enjoy and take pride in, but it is not intrinsically part of our being. Secondly, aim to think outside of the box. Work doesn’t have to mean a full-time employed position. Having several jobs, employed and self-employed, is also a means of making a living. Like redundancy can be a reason for some to start their own business, so can the status of employability for those who have recently graduated. Thirdly, dare to change strategy if your quest hasn’t been successful yet. As Einstein famously said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Lastly, our reality is shaped by what we believe in and focus on. Believe in your potential and focus on the possibilities. The sky is the limit….

A guest post by Lemba de Miranda

Lemba de Miranda is a blogger who writes about lifestyle choices & current affairs and can be found here; http://darkfairyadventures.wordpress.com/

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