Do you live to work or work to live?

It’s the age old question. A huge number of people spend their days slogging away in a job that they don’t really want to be in. They either dread going to work or are simple happy being content in what they do, but at the end of the day there are bills to be paid so they just get on with it.

So many people settle into something they’re not 100% committed to. Some earn little, some just enough to get by and others earn sky-rocket salaries. But the one thing that a lot of people have in common is that they don’t enjoy what they do.

The brilliant thing about being a business owner, however is that I’m building something I really believe in. I’m a morning person anyway but I definitely haven’t any problems in getting up in the morning, walking up the garden and locking myself in the studio every day, in fact after a few days off I generally get a little twitchy.

I stumbled across an uplifting story this week feature on the BBC website about a 90-year old nurse called Florence Rigney. Florence loves her job so much that at the ripe old age of 90 she still works two days a week at a hospital in Washington, and seeing as she started her career in 1946, this is a pretty remarkable achievement.

It makes me think about how important it is to understand why we do what we do. When it comes to getting out of bed every morning to work on our business, what’s our incentive? Does money drive us? Maybe we do it to make a better life for our family? Or is it to help other businesses? Maybe it’s a little of all three.

Florence is the epitome of job satisfaction. At 90, she’s still going strong. She loves what she does and her compassion and commitment to helping others drives her to continue working.

It’s always a smart move to sit down and reflect and revaluate what drives your success. The moment you realise you’re no longer happy in what you do, take the leap and make a change.

And if you are happy, keep doing what you’re doing, it’s still good to know what drives us forwards.

You can read the original article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32710408

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