I got a new boss today. I knew we were hiring him, but I thought he was going to be my peer. Instead, he’s going to take one half of the group (including me) and my boss-until-today is going to take the other half. I’m fine with it. He seems like a decent guy, and we can certainly use his expertise. A few years ago I would have been upset I didn’t get the job, but now I understand that’s not what I want to do. I like the job I have, I’m not getting rich but I make enough money, and I don’t need the validation a higher position would bring.
For me, that’s progress. Major progress.
But I can’t help but be a little jealous of his enthusiasm. He seems genuinely happy to be here, eager to dive in and help us find new and better ways to do things. He’s passionate about building a world-class organization.
But true greatness requires passion – not just the willingness to work hard and be as good as you can be, but the unquenchable desire to do so. I don’t have that for anything in business.
Do I have that kind of passion for my spiritual work? And if so, what form might it take?
I honestly don’t know.