Where do you work?

Where do you work?

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 21 Jan 2007, 5:05 PM – 8 Comments

I have struggled with this question all my life (or should I say “working” life)

Whenever someone asks me “Where do you work?” I am “shaken but not stirred” mainly because I don’t think I have ever “worked” in my life. It has always been “play” for me. Serious play but not work.

Work is not work if you enjoy it. What do you think?


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Anonymous  on January 21st, 2007

“Work” is a term that has built into it “painful toil” and “I have to do it.” But “work” should not imply such negative concepts. Sure, some people’s work is something that they groan about all the time, but the fact is, even if we didn’t have to work to make a living, we would all work hard at SOMETHING to add meaning to our lives, and others’ lives. Work is joy when you’re accomplishing great things, or even when you’re accomplishing little things but you’re in the zone.

Anonymous  on January 22nd, 2007

Work can become play only when we aim to derive satisfaction out of it. Just like there’s a great weekend game of cricket scoring some good runs at the local play ground – brings you that immense joy and happiness, there’s nothing like having performed your task in the best possible manner.

I am yet to find anything else that brings me the joy of completing my tasks, exceeding expectations of my role in professional life. It’s amazing.

Anonymous  on January 22nd, 2007

One easy litmus test for whether “work” is really “play” that works for me is to gauge for myself how euphoric I find the Friday-to-Saturday transition each week and how much of a downer the Sunday-to-Monday transition is each week. If I am having fun at work then the euphoria is not too much in the former case and the latter case does not get me more than a little low. Then I know that work is indeed play for me at that point in time.

Anonymous  on January 22nd, 2007

I tell my students to try to find a job/career that they enjoy so much that they would do it for free. I feel that way about teaching. But don’t tell my Dean!!

Anonymous  on January 23rd, 2007

this is bunch of crap, deep down you are trying to blow your trumped in every post, am not reading yours anymore

Anonymous  on January 24th, 2007

Sorry VJ if I have disappointed you. Thank you so far for being a reader. I am sad to lose you as a reader but I sure understand your decision. If there is no value in reading my blog you shouldn’t.



RamsThoughts  on March 10th, 2007

Work vs Job

Rajesh (lifebeyondcode) in his post seems disappointed with the phrase “where do you work?” I was trying to post a comment there but it doesn’t seem to accept what I type in HIP (verification) text and hence this post. Anyways, in my …

Anonymous  on June 27th, 2007


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