I had a discussion the other day with a CFO of one of my bank clients about doing something meaningful. We talked about world and societal problems, their causes and possible solutions. Then the conversation became personal. He wondered whether his job made a difference in the world.
What good does it do the world to be a very talented accountant? He felt like he was just helping make the wealthy shareholders even wealthier. Does his job make a difference in the world? Was he wasting his talents on something that doesn’t matter? These were all thoughts relayed to me.
I couldn’t help but interject.
“You make a difference,” I said. “Without banks, small businesses would not be able to get started. People would not be able to buy homes or cars. You may not make the loans directly to the bank’s customers, but those loans would not be able to be made if it was not for you and your staff.
“You make sure the funds are there so all that can happen. You make sure margins are wide enough so the bank makes a profit. Without everything you do, the bank would fail and those customers would not get their loans to start their businesses, live in their homes or send their children to college. Your job does make a difference.”
My diatribe was just what my client needed to hear. The reason I’m so passionate about this subject is because I’ve had the same thoughts in the past. My job makes a difference in the same way as my client’s job. I’m just one more step removed.
Without my services, my bank clients would not be able to do what they do as efficiently or effectively. In the end, I help those small businesses start. I help people buy their homes. I help send children to college.
I’m thankful I discovered a long time ago the value I bring to the world. It must be awful to work every day and think of it as simply a way to get a pay check. It’s no wonder more people don’t love their jobs. If you know your job makes a difference in the world, you’re more likely to enjoy your job.
Please, please, please ask yourself whether your job makes a difference in the world. Here’s a hint: It does! What is the underlying reason your job even exists? Why was your company started? It was to fill a need or solve a problem of some kind. If you can find the answers to these questions, you will be one step closer to loving your job.
Wouldn’t your life be so much better if you loved your job? Think of the difference being happy every day would make in your life and the lives of everyone you touch. Begin making a difference. Let’s change the world one employee at a time.