I recently read the book “Linchpin,” by Seth Godin, and I was impressed and inspired by a chapter that spoke about employing emotional capital in work and elevating work to an art form. The words are challenging and thought-provoking. Work as Art. Work is Art.
Allowing yourself to become emotionally invested in your work is what elevates your performance to an art form – no matter what kind of work you do. When you are passionate about what you do, you elevate your game, seeking out and achieving a higher level of execution, thrilled by the journey.
There are many examples of players who exemplify this on our team and I’m sure you have them on yours. It occurs to me that the best thing we can do, is to recognize their strengths and appreciate the craft those around us employ. Until one’s craft is recognized as art by others, it can feel like work, but once acknowledged and appreciated as art, it transcends to Art.
Is there someone who will see their work as art today? Is there someone you can recognize and inspire today?
The Master in the Art of Living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.
– James Michener