The world needs ditch diggers. This is a slightly derogatory term typically meant to convey that those who have no aptitude toward success are likely to continue to serve a purpose in menial labor. The connotation assumes that success is measured by the money you make and the status you gain in society. But what if your passion is in digging ditches? What if your ditches provide irrigation to nourish the land for crops in underdeveloped regions of the world to feed struggling populations? The key word for today is passion. And passion is a necessary requirement in every profession if we hope to do any job well.
Passion for what we do in life is what makes the difference between a life worth living and one spent slaving away in misery. It is more than a positive message of the day to hang in our cubicle. Passion for your profession can affect the overall economy. We have become so wealth orientated in our society that we have forgotten the essence of what makes a strong economy. We chose fields of study for the sole purpose of earning a significant income. But, will this actually bring us the wealth we seek?
Someone who is passionate about their career field will happily work overtime when the job calls for it. The hours of every day do not drag along and there never seems to be enough hours of the day to get all your great ideas in action. Passion makes the work less about the gratitude and more about the doing. Two individuals performing the same work will typically have marked differences in their quality of work and productivity depending on how passionate they are about what they are doing.
Not so long ago, America had a strong labor force made up of individuals who took pride in their work and were passionate about it. This pride and passion was not reserved for the top level positions, but could be seen on the assembly lines and in the factories as well. the economic growth of our nation seemed unstoppable. So what happened to our pride and our passion for industry in only a few decades? And can we get it back?
Perhaps we can if we take our pride back and regain our passion for excellence. We need no rely upon our leaders to do this for us. And we need not depend upon corporations to create the environment for happy laborers. We only need to pick up our shovels and be happy to be ditch diggers if that is our passion, or any other profession for that matter. If it makes you happy to do it, you are almost certainly assured to be successful at it. The hard work and dedication you put forth will not feel like sacrifice. And those that you service will see the quality and craftsmanship in your product.