Last year, Slate released a podcast called Working. The host, David Plotz, interviewed people will all kinds of jobs just to find out what they do all day.
When I came across this podcast, I figured I would listen to part of one episode, then move on. Instead, I listened to all of them—almost hanging on every word. I just have this fascination with what people do with their time and how people define "work."
As fascinating as it was to hear the different aspects of people's jobs—from a porn star to a hospice nurse—it was far more enlightening to hear just how similar skilled people are. Even though they apply their skills in really different contexts, highly professional people approach their work with a fundamental and universal sense of caring. Well, maybe not the waiter.
I hope there's a sequel.
Update: There will be.