In the past, most of us were content to have a job that simply paid the bills. But now, we crave so much more in our work. We want fulfillment, creative challenge, growth, joy and a sense that we are living for something more than ourselves. In a word, we seek meaning.
One of the best ways to find a higher meaning in the work you do is to use the technique of creative questioning to become aware of the impact your work has on the world around you.
Ask yourself questions like, Who ultimately benefits from the products and services my company offers? or What difference do my daily efforts make? Once you do so, you will start noticing the connection between work you do and the lives you touch. This will inspire you.
Being from a generation where we “expect everything for free and don’t want to work hard to get it” as many studies say, I can completely relate with what Robin Sharma wrote here in his book, Daily Inspirations.
So many of my friends and co-workers have left their jobs in hopes to find something they love to do every day. At the same time, many of them have shocked their parents or grandparents by leaving six figure + pension jobs to start their own small business. To those parents and grandparents I say shame on you. Shame on you for knocking down their dreams and not supporting them in what truly matters, being happy and discovering why you were put on this earth. What your purpose in work and in life is.
To those of you that this quote connects with I say, giver hell and go get the dream job and dream life. There are so many out there that aren’t taking the risks that you are willing to take and are leaving you with wide open spaces to try new things and explore your fullest potential.
I say you’ve only got one shot at life so why not dream big.