At times, the work we do is an emotional investment. It’s work we don’t necessarily feel like doing but it’s the work of being a professional; of engaging with others in a way that leads to the best long-term outcome.
The work of listening when we’d rather yell. The work of trying to save someone instead of firing them. The work of seeking out facts and accurate information to ensure accurate decisions are made. The work of simply being prepared.
It’s demanding work because it creates value and knowing that it’s our job to create value helps us pause a second and decide to do the difficult, emotional work.
Truth be told, I don’t think anyone ever gets hired to work without some emotional investment. Do you?