What makes you tick? What makes you feel alive? What makes you feel most like yourself? Some people ignore these questions when job searching. Many are more motivated by the question, “How much does the job pay?” in order to live a preferred lifestyle. It makes sense; we work in order to live and we cannot live without money, so we find the best paying, tolerable job we can and begin “living”. Problem is, “living” is only “existing” if you find no meaning in your work. Yes, the number one requirement of a job is for it to pay, but explore the option of the number one requirement being for the job to have meaning.
Not everyone will find the same things meaningful. A baker may not find meaning in stock-broking. A teacher may not find meaning in building vehicles. It is important to find work that: 1) is fulfilling, 2) serves humanity, and 3) allows you to sense the impact of the work daily. Finding work that best suits you allows you to do your best, which allows your work to better the world around you.
Without directly mentioning it, the video below gave me tips on how to make a current job that ISN’T my dream job, more meaningful. For some, it could be a change in thinking that helps you hang in there with a job that you need, but do not prefer, the job on your way to your dream job.
Take a look at the video [below] yourself to learn more about meaningful work; not only how to find it, but how society got to a place where it is not highly valued and how to help create a system that supports finding it.
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Cynthia M. Sharpe, is a May 2015 graduate of NC State University. Cynthia graduated with a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and currently aspires to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. “As I let my own light shine, I unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Cynthia M. Sharpe, inspired by Marianne Williamson