Welcome to the month of March and the hints of springtime! Here are the seven questions for week nine of 2018, challenging us with this month’s lifeskill, Career & Money Management. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
This is a no-brainer! I would teach practical lifeskills to anyone willing to listen. That is why I was a lifeskills consultant and coach for so many years. I would also teach weaving (which I have done over the years). I would encourage students that everyone is creative. They just need to find the creative outlet that works for them. We often limit our definition and perception of “creativity” to painting and other traditional fine arts. Creativity is a broad stroke in all of life’s endeavors. What is yours?
Question 2: Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?
There are two sides to this question. I would rather have less work with things I don’t enjoy. I would then definitely want more work I actually enjoy. Yet, there is a human limit to how much “work fun” is doable. We all can get overwhelmed with too much work we don’t like as well as too much work we love to do. We all need a break now and then.
Question 3: Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing?
When I am doing what I love, I am more fully present and engaged in whatever it is. I am also more satisfied and confident with any challenges accompanying the task. I find I am using my instinctive skills and gifts more easily as well.
To love what I am doing is not as easy since it may involve tasks I am not too excited about. Whatever the task before me I need to focus more on the purpose for the task. I need to be more mentally and emotionally disciplined to see that purpose as a positive motivator to complete the task.
There is also a way out of working at loving what you are doing, particularly when you don’t want to. Just pass the task to someone else! I know…an easy cop-out for any of us. We can always simply say there is someone else much more skilled for that task! Sounds good to me!
Question 4: How do you deal with someone in a position of power who wants you to fail?
This question is a hard one for someone like myself. I don’t really want anyone to fail. I would want to help in some way to ensure they succeed. I know the first thing I would assess. Is whatever before me worth dealing with a boss or group leader who poorly leads. Do I challenge that person in power to more appropriately handle the situation?
What would be the possible consequence of that challenge. And how would I challenge? Would I face-off with the person or approach the problem from a more respectful, affirming but truthful way? Or simply blame and pass the buck to someone else? Putting on my life coaching hat, I would shift the focus with this question for the boss, “How would you want me to succeed?” Now, that would move the conversation into unknown territory, wouldn’t it? Yet, maybe it is worth the try.
Question 5: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
I would continue writing, weaving, and coaching others to seek, reach, and achieve their highest potential in life. There is just too much fun watching people commit to their goals and achieve them. Let’s then celebrate together! I would be the richest in happiness for sure!
Question 6: How much money per month is enough for you to live comfortably?
This all depends on how one defines being “comfortable.” I really can’t put a dollar figure on that. I know, you are probably thinking, “She is avoiding the question.” My answer is yes and no.
Yes, I am avoiding a dollar figure. Why? Because no matter what amount I give, someone out there will think I am spoiled and need to get a reality grip! A little bit of knowledge tempts us all to easily judge another person relative to our own perspective and limited personal knowledge. Look at what is posted on social media, and you will get the picture! So, I am going to relieve you here of that temptation, dear reader!
My “no” comes down to this. When had little, I did just fine working hard; and by God’s grace, my needs were met. With financial increase through the years, I discovered being comfortable is a nice thing. Yet, true contentment and happiness comes from sharing that prosperity with others that helps them live their purpose, meet their needs, and even their heartfelt wants in life.
Question 7: What do you know well enough to teach to others?
That brings me back to Question 1 above. I was fortunate to gain the education, training, and work experience to do what I love for the rest of my life.