“Random Acts of Pizza” and Your Great Career


What the heck does pizza have to do with personal development and finding a great career?

As it turns out, quite a bit.

If you haven’t heard about “Random Acts of Pizza,” you’re in for a real treat:

“Random Acts of Pizza is a community on the website Reddit.com that facilitates the sending and receiving of pizzas between strangers, because … who doesn’t like helping out a stranger?

The purpose is to have fun, eat pizza and help each other out. Together, we aim to restore faith in humanity, one slice at a time.”

Wow. That’s pretty cool.

But what happened recently at Random Acts of Pizza is even cooler. And it just might help you find or create work that you love.

In the wake of the recent Boston bombings, first responders in the area were sent free pizza from people around the globe in a show of gratitude.

You see, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a brain surgeon or a pizza delivery guy. When gratitude, love, connection, and appreciation are a part of what you get to experience at work, you will love what you do.

It can be found anywhere, just as long as you know what you’re looking for, and what moves you.

How often do you get to be a part of something that feels heartwarming, life-affirming or overwhelmingly meaningful at work?

If you’re searching for that next career because your current one is boring or just a bad fit, I want to encourage you to not just look at the “what” of that job: Don’t just take into account whether you’re slicing pizzas or slicing brains.

You also have to look at the “why.”

Why will it be important that you get up and go to this new job every day? Why will it feel meaningful to you?  

Because no matter how fun that next thing is, no matter how much it’s in your sweet spot of skills, it will get old eventually unless there’s a real “why.”

Your “why” might not have anything to do with feeding starving children or anything even remotely that noble.

All that matters is that the “why” is yours.  Ask yourself:

Why do I feel compelled to go to work every day?

Why do I need to achieve the goals I’m striving toward?

What difference does it make – do I make – to the world?

When you find your “why,” you’re on your way to finding your great career.


Career, Personal Development

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