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Why Do You Do What You Do?

Conversing with my little friends at Children’s Hospital
of New Orleans reminds me that the ultimate purpose of
all the presentations, meetings, rounding, and writing
are the sickest kids who most need our care


When you’re mired in the daily grind of churning out the work, it’s easy to forget why you do what you do.

It’s easy to forget that you became a nurse to take care of sick people when you’re staring at an electronic medical record on a computer screen.

It’s easy to forget that you got a job at Google because you love computers when you’re coding a small fragment of a program and you don’t even know what it will be used for.

It’s easy to forget that you got a job waiting tables so you could write the Great American Novel when you’re too tired to even pick up a pen by the time you get home at the end of the day.

That’s why it is so important to have a clear idea of your own Big Why (see the book by Gary Keller) and then to start your day by remembering that Big Why (see the book by Simon Sinek).

Frequently reminding yourself of WHY you do what you do will help you re-spark the joy in actually doing what you do.

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