Is financial life planning a job, career or calling?

Rick Kahler

Is the work you do to make a living a job, a career, or a calling? Recognizing the difference can pay you great dividends in many ways.

A job is a paid position of regular employment that puts bread on the table but doesn’t necessarily provide a lot of satisfaction or joy. The song “Take This Job and Shove It” embodies common attitudes about jobs.

A career is a more holistic and long-term concept that encompasses your entire professional journey rather than a specific job or jobs. A career usually requires more investment in training for work in a particular technical or professional field. Not everyone that has a career, however, views it as a calling.


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