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Are You Doing Great Work?

Sure, you might be doing above average work…

Or very good work…

Or even your best work…

But are you doing GREAT work?

Great Work Defined

Great work is all about impact – the kind of impact that resonates for centuries after you and I are gone.

When I talk about great work I’m referring to works of art like Beowulf, The Republic and Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore al Crepuscolo; or game-changing inventions like the incandescent lamp, Ford’s Model T, and Gutenburg’s printing press; or lifelong acts of compassion, kindness and servitude like Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

These examples of great work are the names we recognize because they’re the big shots we read about in history books, TV and magazines.

The well-known great works are important, but they’re not the only great works out there.

There’s plenty of other great work the majority of people don’t know about that dramatically impacts hundreds of thousands around the world.  And, in many ways, this is the more important great work because it hits us personally and directly.

For me, it’s movies like Raid Redemption, music like Geographer and microbreweries like Black Raven Brewery – the underappreciated, unknown (to the masses) great work.  These are the things that (in their own bizarre ways) impact my life and my work because they show me what is possible if we put our heart and soul into something that isn’t for everyone.

It’s not for everyone – but it is for a select few.

That’s great work.

Your Great Work

So what is the great work that impacts you?

If you had to rattle off the 3 to 10 things that changed your life, what are they?

But more importantly: what great work are you bringing to the world?

If you’re doing something incredible, continue doing it – today, do it even better.  This is a simple message and very easy to execute for those who are already on their path, creating work that matters, and for those fully aware of where they’re heading and what they’re doing.

For the rest of us, maybe today is the day we start.

It doesn’t have to be huge – it can be as simple as the first step, the first word, or the first stroke of a brush.

Start today and everything could change…

It’s just a thought, but it might just work…

At least for a few.

And that’s what counts, right? 

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2 comments

  • Yo Tom! I really love how you distill great work into work that speaks right to the core of a few people.

    So often we get caught up in thinking our work has to reach the entire world. But, if our work was for everyone then perhaps it wouldn’t be so great.

    I’m trying to write my own path, speaking my truth and helping others wake up to the potential in their lives.

    Besides the time I spent solo travelling, the works of Alan Watts and J. Krishnamurti have had the largest impact in my life.

    Thank you for your work, keep doing massive things.

    • Kevin, thanks so much for the kind comment!

      I agree with you – we all get caught up in the big numbers, when, at the end of the day, the most important things are those small, personal things.

      Thanks for the comment Kevin – made my day 🙂

      Stay in touch,

      -Tom

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