RTL 05: Relationship to Work: What Does Work Mean to You?

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In this next episode, I explore our relationship to work — What does work mean to you?

I address questions such as:

  • How and when did your relationship to work begin?
  • What does work mean to you?
  • How do you work?
  • What does a healthy relationship to work look like?
  • What are your old beliefs about work?
  • What do you know to be true about work today?
  • What other relationships does work affect?

Listen to the Audio


“A lot of times we say we’re working hard for our families, but work is the thing taking us away from our families, and I think that’s where a lot of the love-hate relationship to work comes from.”― Jullien Gordon

“After I stepped into entrepreneurship after grad school… I realized I hadn’t really created a company, I just literally created a job for myself. That’s when my relationship to work really came to a head, and I had to re-evaluate it.”― Jullien Gordon

“Workaholism looks good from the outside, it looks good and that Puritan work ethic is there, but there are a lot of unhealthy things and repercussions involved with being a Workaholic.”― Jullien Gordon

“When you compare your work with others, the work tends to intoxicate other areas of your life.”― Jullien Gordon

“I’m breaking this idea that work is for money, or work is just based on time.”― Jullien Gordon

“To me, selling your time for money is not that different than prostitution.”― Jullien Gordon

“Hard work is not defined by the time it takes to do something.”― Jullien Gordon

“A Workaholic and High Performer look the same on the outside, but a Workaholic is working in unhealthy, unsustainable ways, and the High Performer is working in healthy and sustainable ways which leave them inspired and engaged.” ― Jullien Gordon

“Workaholics look for work that looks important, and High Performers look for important work to do.”― Jullien Gordon

“I’m focused on value creation, not on racking up hours worked.”― Jullien Gordon

“Working Softer is about working through other people and through relationships, so that you’ve got a team and empowered the people around you in their strengths.”― Jullien Gordon

“When we know our true value, it changes our relationship to work.”― Jullien Gordon


Join the Conversation

I do not claim to be a thought leader on all of these subjects, but I am a thought breeder. My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they breed. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Define what Work is to you. What is work to you, and what do you believe about it? How has your relationship to work changed over time? Share your answer on , , or .

This Week’s Challenge

At the start of each day this week, decide which Finish Line you’re going to use to determine the success of your work day. Depending on the work involved, you may need to shift the Finish Line you use. The framework which has helped me leave work on time includes choosing a Finish Line which is:

  • Energy Based – I’ll leave when I’m dead tired
  • Time Based – I’ll leave when it’s 5 o’clock
  • Results Based – I’ll leave work when I’ve finished my daily to-do list
  • Feeling Based – I’ll leave work when I feel good about what I’ve accomplished today

This Week’s Inspiration

In this episode I mentioned a TED Talk you can watch here:

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