Work and service

I talk about doing the work often on this blog, but what I’m really talking about is service.

Service—not the things you do by the hour for money—no, I’m talking about the kind of acts you do that help bring people closer together.

Jonas Salk freely gave away his cure for polio (worth seven billion dollars today). Salk famously said, “Can you patent the sun?” In that moment, he’s no longer doing work but service.

Each of us can make that shift.

Work is something we have to do. Service, on the other hand, is something we get to do.