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How to Find Meaning in a Job That Feels Meaning-less

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How to Find Meaning in a Job That Feels Meaning-less
"You can find meaning in any job-even if it sucks," explains Adam Smiley Poswolsky, author of the new book The Quarter-Life Break-Through . I've got to hand it to Poswolsky: Taking this topic and making it accessible is no easy task.

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Your "why" matters

It doesn’t matter how big your paycheck is or what your title is to find meaning in your work.

What matters is 'why'. Figure out what you care about to give you direction and that sense of...

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Identify and embrace your purpose

Consider your personality and interests and think thoughtfully about how you want your skills to help others.

Maybe you’re an outgoing content marketer who wants to start using your...

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Participation

You’re never going to get anywhere or accomplish anything if you don’t make an effort.

Building a life that matters requires participation.

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You can find meaning in any work

There are doctors who see their work only as a job, and janitors who see their work as a calling.

No matter what job you have, you can find meaning in it. Rewrite your job description to be more calling-focused. Think of your own personal goals in life. How can your current job tasks be connected to this larger purpose?

Find meaning in your job

  • Jot down a mandatory work task you find devoid of meaning—something you dread.
  • Ask yourself what the purpose of the task is and write it down.
  • Ask yourself what this result leads to. Write it down.
  • Continue this process until you find a meaningful result.