I was watching the PBS animated children's series, Arthur, with my kids several years ago and one episode in particular has stuck with me. Arthur's best buddy Francine was mortified because her father had volunteered to talk about his job for her school's 'Career Day' and he was, of all things, a garbage man. Francine was totally embarrassed by her father's work and wanted to hide under a rock. Funny thing though -- by the time her dad had finished his presentation, every kid in her class, and every kid and parent watching the episode, was excited about a garbage man's job. Francine's father was so passionate about every aspect of the garbage collecting process -- it made all of us see his job in a new light.
Even though it was just a cartoon, the episode got me thinking about trash collecting and all the jobs we take for granted. There are so many different jobs out there, all interesting in their own way, and we have no idea what they entail or that some even exist -- but they ultimately help make this world go around.
If there is a real live person out there who loves collecting trash, I would love to interview him or her. Whether it's repairing shoes, tuning pianos, running a restaurant or a Fortune 500 company -- it's fascinating to learn about the different jobs out there, especially when the people doing them are passionate about their work. I'll be sharing stories about people doing all kinds of interesting work, and loving it, in these posts. I hope the stories and interviews featured here can help foster an appreciation for the different types of jobs that are out there, and inspire you to love your work too.
I love to interview people and tell their stories -- especially when it comes to their work lives. So, here's to forward momentum.
Good work until the next...