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How to Find Meaning in Your Job

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.

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How to Find Meaning in Your Job

How to Find Meaning in Your Job

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The three visions of work

  • People with a job see work as a chore and the paycheck as their reward. 
  • People with a career like the concept of advancing and succeeding.
  • People with a calling find their work fulfilling and think it feels meaningful.

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.

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