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January 11, 2013 / Dale Melchin

The Absolute Importance of Finding Work that is Meaningful Part I

“Work sucks!”  “Oh God, its Monday!”  “Thank God its Friday!” “The weekend is too short!”

These phrases are symptoms of an underlying problem in the American soul today.  It is a disconnect between one’s work and meaning that can be derived from it.  What is absolutely needed is to find a way to make work meaningful.

This can be done one of two ways, or these was can be done in tandem.  The first is to find work that is meaningful.  Now according to Dan Miller Author of 48 Days, No More Dreaded Mondays, and Wisdom Meets Passion, that starts with you.  It starts with introspection and getting to know yourself.  As we’ve discussed earlier this is part of the self-actualization process.   But it is absolutely vital to know yourself.  If you don’t know yourself how will you know how to align yourself with the environment?  According to Dan this is 85% of the process.  This is done through assessments, and profiles, such as the DISC Profile, Strengthsfinder and so on.  This is also done through reflection and introspection.  Asking yourself the questions like what did you want to do as a child? Or you’re happiest when.

Now granted, no line of work is perfect.  In my role as a writer a battle the demons of writers block.  In my day job, I get the priviledge of helping people with technology that they shouldn’t have because their phones are smarter than they are.  I imagine that this is helping prepare me for my future work as a coach and counselor.  Because I will be dealing with people who have been herping their derp with their lives.  The cell phones are just a symptom I have to deal with.  But I digress.

The point is that if we are working in the corporate world or we are working for ourselves, we have to find work that fits.  To put it as Stephen Covey did, work is the sustaining engine of life.  Why should something that important be something that we dread?  Something that we hate?

Here is an example from Dan Miller.  An introverted financial analyst should not go into a job or business that requires him to work at pumping people up such as a franchise owner etc.  He should go into a line of work that enables him to work on his own or with people on a limited basis.  An extrovert should not go into work that requires him to work by himself or more with people than with things.

You get the idea though?  The work has to interface well with the person and vice versa.

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  1. ram0ram / Jan 14 2013 9:43 am

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

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