I saw a Venn diagram on another writer’s feed a few weeks back. It struck me as interesting, but I stuck it into my “think about this later” pile because, while it made an impact for me, it didn’t feel quite right. Not quite full enough. Here it is:
So I created one.
It looks like this:
I also like it because it becomes a better barometer for how to view oneself at the moment, and hence maybe a tool for how to view movement between jobs (or other such stuff) in one’s future. I like the additions of the classification of jobs. I like how it differentiates between a good job, a great job, and a calling. I’ve heard people say they would do something for free that they were getting paid for, and this helps me get my mind around that idea better than the original.
I’m not sure why I pulled this out today. Perhaps it’s because yesterday I went back to my old place of work to attend the retirement party of an ex-co-worker. Along the way I spoke to a few folks about their current career situations and listened to how they were viewing their jobs. I liked hearing them. I’ve always liked helping people think about what they wanted to accomplish, after all. That said, I have no idea if that was why I fiddled with this diagram today. All I know is that I did.
And I know that after I was done with my doodling, I looked at it and felt pretty good.
Perhaps you might find it valuable in your own way.
Great one, sharing this!
Thanks for sharing! Great alternative version to ours. I like it!
Could you use the original: https://twitter.com/GrindDailyTweet/status/600282625769644032
Thanks for the note, Ross. Image is updated!
I’m a theatre professor and have been using this to help my senior undergraduate students shape their mission statements and career goals. It has been tremendously helpful to both them and me. Thanks to both you and Grind Daily for this tool!!!
Thanks, Paulette. This makes me very happy.
Your version isn’t showing anymore. 🙁
I am wondering why one needs to be able to make money out of something before it can be your purpose. Lots of people who have a job only to support what they do love in life. Can’t they have a purpose? What about all the people who can’t even hold a job, don’t they have a pupose in life?
That’s an interesting and well-made point, Mark. After looking at it a little, I first wondered how this would feel if the “calling” and “purpose” tags were swapped out, but then felt like that wouldn’t solve the disconnect. Another thought came in the form of wondering what this diagram would look like in a world where currency is unnecessary–which may well happen more rapidly than we think.
I’m certain I’ll keep thinking about this for some time…so I appreciate your comment. At present, like most rules of thumb, your thought says this diagram breaks down in some critical places.
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