Three Men at Work

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The following is a short book preview contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

ON: A Brilliant Way to Live & Work
Lewis Losoncy & Colin Walsh, Sanford, FL, DC Press (2011)

“Three men were out in the field tilling the soil.

A person passing by stopped and asked the first man, ‘What are you doing?’

He responded, ‘I’m tilling the soil.’

The curious stranger turned to the second man, asking him the same question. Without hesitation, he answered, ‘What am I doing? I’m earning a living.”

When he finally got the third man’s attention, and asked what he was doing, the tiller paused, smiled, and responded, ‘I’m feeding the community!’

While all three worked the same amount of time, in the same field, doing the same work, the first person’s days seemed longer than the second man’s days. The third man so loved his work that he wasn’t aware of the time.

Near the end of their lives, the first man thought his whole lifetime work was meaningless. The second man said he was able to feed his family through his work. But, the third man felt very peaceful because he lived an inspired life by making the world a better place doing his lifework.

They were all doing the same work.”

ON: A Brilliant Way to Live & Work is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

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