What is Labor Day? On Wikipedia, it’s a day to honor the contributions we’ve made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. So let’s do that.

Every Labor Day, I take time out to review where I am in my career and all the reasons why I work. Why do I do this?

  • It gives me perspective. I look back at where I’ve been and what I’ve done professionally — what I’ve accomplished and what failures I’ve had.
  • It makes me appreciate all that I have in my life. All the great people I know and work with — all of my wonderful clients, past and present.
  • It shows me the way forward. Based on where I’ve been and where I am now, I get a better view of where I have to go.

So many people who work tend to dread going to work. In fact, we all do at one time or another in our lives. A lot of pressure, a big project that’s behind schedule, a problem child you’re managing on your team. It sucks to get up so early, get stuck in traffic traveling to work, too many interruptions when you get there, watching the sun go down at your office, and reversing the process on your way home.

During this Labor Day, please remember a few things about your career:

  • You have a job. There are a lot of people out there who don’t have one. They’re nervous and scared — it’s September and the clock’s ticking.
  • You have a paycheck. You get to pay your bills and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  • You GET to work. So many people complain about how “They HAVE to go to work.”

You GET to practice your craft. You GET to interact with qualified peers who help you run the ball over the goal line. You GET to grow in your job, to be better, smarter, and more agile.

This Labor Day, I want you to sit back, spend a few moments, and remember how lucky we all are to have a job.

Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.” — Marlon Wayans

P.S. If you know someone who is currently unemployed, I want you to call them up and ask how you can help them. Not only will they greatly appreciate it — it will bolster your gratitude and appreciation for your current job. Trust me, it works.

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.” — Doug Larson