The Bricklayers Parable – Differences in Perspective
The story goes something like this, there are three bricklayers, and each is asked the same question: What do you do?
The first bricklayer says, “I put down bricks.”
The second bricklayer says, “I am building a church.”
And the third bricklayer says, “I am building a house of God.”
The point is that all three have the same occupation and are doing the same work, but how each bricklayer sees what they do is very different.
The first bricklayer has a job.
The second bricklayer has a career.
And the third bricklayer has a calling – something greater than a career.
As an implementer, you may have any number of job titles. Rarely is there the perfect title for a person who implements software for their organization. However, how the implementer sees their work differentiates one implementer from the next. Do you see yourself as a person who implements software? A person who helps Digitally transform their organization? Or a person who leads the future of work?
References and Resources
Angela Duckworth – Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: I borrowed this parable and a lot of the thoughts behind it from Dr. Duckworth
Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails
Originally Posted by May 9, 2018
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