“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs
When you love your work, it serves an important purpose that is meaningful to you. You’re not just working for a paycheck or to enhance your resume. You’re working with a specific intention. Your work has a mission. You’re working on purpose.
For example, if you are a health care professional, your work purpose might be to alleviate pain or to help patients heal or to help them improve their quality of life.
A cyber security software executive once explained his work purpose to his little daughter as “preventing bad people from doing bad things.”
Motivational speaker and teacher Tom McDermott advises that no one else can identify meaningful work for us. Purposeful work is deeply personal to each of us. He asserts that the most meaningful work “help(s) others overcome some of the same challenges” we have each personally overcome. In doing this, we are drawing upon our own experiences and powerful lessons learned and expressing deep empathy for others.
In addition to coming from personal experience, meaningful work is rooted in our values, passions, and innate strengths. When we can put our values into action, feed our passions, and leverage our strengths, our authentic selves shine through our work. We want to jump out of bed in the morning with a sense of purpose because we’re making a difference in the world. Our work warms our heart and nourishes our soul. We are fully alive because our work is an expression of our deepest self. We are enacting our life’s calling.
But, what if you haven’t yet found your work purpose?
Well, then you need to work on your purpose so that you’re working on purpose!
The Buddha said,
“Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart, to give yourself to it.”
I can help you do this by guiding you to identify your values, passions, and innate strengths. I can explore with you what unique life challenges and experiences might be clues that will lead you to the most meaningful work you’ll ever do.
Sign up for a complimentary discovery session. It’s the first step in your self-discovery of your work purpose!