What is the actual dissimilarity between “work” and “a job”? You work at both of them. You could make money at both of them. But there’s a genuine difference! A job only pays the rent. After that, it might have no further meaning to you.
But your life’s work feels worth doing. It’s all meaning, whether it makes money or not.â€ Meaning” is a very big word, a lot tougher to unload than “job” or even “work.” Let’s take a little time to talk about it.
What do you think makes work meaningful? Do you want Einsteinâ€™s theory of relativity? Do you want your work to be meaningful like Mother Teresa’s work with lepers? Will you save the world from obliteration or create a revealing work of art? Or do you have to make millions of dollars? Within most of us is the feeling that truly meaningful work has to be on a massive scale, or has to lead to a kind of worldly “greatness,” like an Olympic medal. You need to find out what kinds of thoughts come into your mind about that idiom “meaningful work.”
Take a piece of paper and write down as much as you can about what you think the world calls “meaningful work,” If you wish, name some people whose lives look especially important and explain why you think so.
Ask yourself what makes work really worthy? Don’t worry if anyone else would agree with you. You can’t make a mistake here. Now read what you’ve written. Your thoughts to be look like this.
â€œMeaningful work has to do some good in this world. It has to help mankind in some way.” Or this: “To be meaningful your efforts have to make a splatter.
You have to be successful. â€œOr: “I think people who have meaningful work are completely driven. They can’t eat or sleep because they have revealed something, like Columbus, or Newton, or they have a huge vision, like Beethoven.” Or: “Well, I think the world finds it meaningful to do your best: have a family and a home and a good job. Be a leader of the group of people.”
If you’re one of those people who thinks you have no problem with meaningful work, that you’d be thrilled if you could find anything to make yourself happy, don’t be so sure. Every time you worry that you could get trapped in some kind of work you don’t care about, you’re dealing with the problem of meaningfulness.
I guarantee that in the back of your mind is the thought that somehow you have to make a contribution to something, be acknowledged, and do something that matters – or you’re just fooling around.
Does Working â€œHardâ€ Determine Success?
Work is hard only if you don’t like what you’re doing or don’t correctly plan and control your time. Working hard has little to do with success. Your mind has been telling you that to succeed you must work harder and longer hours.
When your personal and business times are balanced, there is less conflict and stress, and you become more effective and get more done in less time. Thereâ€™s nothing hard about what you do in your business or career if you’ve chosen something you love.
If you have not, then high on your Goals List should be to find a new job or career. Why spend eight or twelve hours a day doing something that is not personally rewarding and fulfilling? It doesn’t make sense.
If you work fewer hours and have a fulfilling personal life, doing the things you dream of doing and making livelihood fun, you’ll end up accomplishing more in your business life with far less stress.
The Keys to Happiness
Everyone wants to be happy, yet many people base their happiness on whether they have what they want or whether they want what they have. Responsibility puts their emotions on a roller coaster that’s controlled by what happens in their lives.
One key to happiness is humbleness. The reason is simple: humbleness reduces stress. Humbleness certainly improves your relationships.
Humble people don’t believe that they have to have all the answers; consequently, they don’t have to fake having those answers, which reduces anxiety. When anxiety goes down, happiness goes up. A humble approach enables you to be genuinely interested in and to respect other people. And they, in turn, become authentically interested in you.
Another key to happiness is your willingness to accept that happiness is a “here” and a “now” – you can’t wait for it to come to you. Will Rogers said it well: “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Of course, certain activities increase your chances of being happy – for example, when you do something for someone else for purely unselfish reasons and have nothing to gain except delight in rendering a favor or doing a good turn. Committing selfless acts is a major step toward real happiness.