For the past 2 months, I’ve been working for free. Yup, gratis.
While I don’t intend to be doing this forever, dare I say that I can’t work for free forever, it has given me a new perspective on the concept of work and what it means to me.
For me, working for zip over the past few weeks has been a blast. Admittedly, the finances have suffered a little, but not to the point that I’m a homeless bum (not yet, anyway). The amazing thing for me has been that I’ve loved every minute of that work, even though there was no direct monetary payback.
Think about this for a minute – if your boss suddenly told you that you weren’t going to be paid for the next two months and that he wanted you to turn up just for the pure enjoyment of it, what would your reaction be? I feel like 99% of you would tell him/her to ram that proposition straight up their ass and you’d quit on the spot. Am I right?
And perhaps that should tell you something. If your work isn’t fulfilling on its own (i.e. without monetary reward) then maybe you’re in the wrong game.
Don’t get me wrong – I won’t continue to give away my time for nothing. I can’t. After all, I man needs to eat! Providing a great service to people deserves reward and in most cases, great service is rewarded with great money.