Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt.
Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections ad loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something.
The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.
I cannot stress the importance of doing your work with passion. It doesn’t matter necessarily what you do – but it definitely matters how you approach that work. You attitude, demeanor, and interest are crucial to making the best environment for great work to take place.
People with a bad attitude are not the ones who ever create or demonstrate passion in their work, and therefore, usually only accomplish their work at the lowest percentage of exertion as possible, leading to very little long-term success or accomplishment.
Companies that keep employees like this run the risk of the very life being drained out of their work.
If you happen to work in a place where the people or team have no passion, creativity, or desire to accomplish above and beyond what is called of them, realize first that to make changes, you have to start with you.
Changing your attitude – no, choosing your attitude – is the BEST way to create energy in your work environment. To be playful with co-workers, to be creative in coming up with innovative ideas, to be open-minded and positive about whatever work you apply yourself to, is to ultimately, make your work fun and find great meaning in it as you watch yourself start to affect others positively.
The choice is yours to BE:
- Disiniterested (no passion in what your company is working toward)
- Bitter (at life or at your work)
- Do the very least required of you to accomplish your work
- Vital (full of life and positivity)
- Go above and beyond to ensure that your work is the best possible – and that your customer or team has fun
Enjoy your work – whatever it is, it truly doesn’t matter, even if it is boring as hell, show how passionate you are in the way you give of yourself at work.
Go out of your way to make people’s day! Be a positive influencer and energetic motivator, it will increase your happiness in life and your overall contentment like none other.
Love your work… & work with passion.
(Points from novel Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, & John Christensen)