TO FIND MEANING IN YOUR WORK, CHANGE HOW YOU THINK ABOUT IT

@Harvard Business Review by John Coleman
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THE BEAUTY OF PURPOSE (EXCERPTS)

“A wonderful New York Times article from 2007 recounted the 20th annual ‘Operator’s Challenge’ — aka the ‘Sludge Olympics’ — a competition for New York sewage treatment workers. The participants compete to show skill in their work, and often do so with great passion. Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, said of the work the competitors do, ‘It’s tough work. It’s frequently unpleasant work. And they’re terrific at it.’ And as you read the article, you note the pride the competitors have in their work and the purpose they find in doing it well. One man, George Mossos, noting how anonymous their work can be, is quoted saying, ‘It’s enough to serve the public.'”

“Why is it that some people can be extraordinarily well-paid and work in pampered settings but feel empty, while others can work in the sewers of New York City and feel fulfilled? Part of the answer is purpose.”

“… for most people, purpose is built not found. Working with a sense of purpose day-in and day-out is an act of will that takes thoughtfulness and practice.”



PURPOSE IS EVERYTHING!

Having purpose drives us forward and pushes us to be great – when purpose is lacking, work feels unfulfilling and meaningless. Working after all, is an endeavor that pushes us to constantly grow into our best selves so that we can make a difference in the world, no matter how small. How can we make that difference if we cannot find meaning and purpose in our work? As this article argues, purpose is present in anything we do, we just have to look in the right places and tap into the positive influences that will strengthen our purpose at work. And we couldn’t agree more: greatness is driven by people who continuously discover and apply the full force of their gifts and purpose to make a difference in the world, which is why we launched our PEAK/X Growth Stream, to help you and so many others achieve greatness by first tapping into your personal purpose.