5 November – Job Action Day
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
Martin Luther King
The words of a great man speak a truth that so few truly understand: that the value of a day’s work lies in our satisfaction of a job well done. Yes, we all need to make a living, and we should be being paid what we’re worth in those jobs and for the labour done, but no amount of money will ever take the place of finding and doing a job with which we’re truly satisfied. Job Action Day reminds us of this, and that there’s always hope when looking for that great job that will carry us on.
History of Job Action Day
Job Action Day was created with the purpose of encouraging job seekers to think outside the box, and to focus on getting a job that fits their ambitions and reasonably pays the bills. There’s a common belief that people should follow their passions when looking for work, to find a job that truly brings them satisfaction and fulfillment, and not to settle for anything less. The reality of the situation is that sometimes this doesn’t work, and great opportunities are missed because of a narrow, goal-oriented focus.