There is an assumption that one must be doing exceptional or purposeful work in order to find meaning in it. In reality, you can find purpose in your work no matter your job description or what you do for a living. Sometimes, purpose is about what your perspective is rather than the greater good. For example, you don’t have to start a non-profit or be a brain surgeon to do something meaningful.
Maybe you work in a restaurant or sit behind a desk, but it is still possible to have a purpose. With a deliberate effort, you can intentionally interject more meaning into what you are already doing. Purpose isn’t something you find by accident or with a specific job—purpose is something you create for yourself. It should be a very personal journey and specific to who you are as a person.
You can have multiple purposes. For example, you can find purpose in parenting your children well, but you can also have a different purpose when you’re at work. Maybe your purpose for your job is self-improvement, helping someone, honing your kills or putting your very specific set of skills to good use. It’s also completely reasonable to find meaning in your work simply because you enjoy it for what it is.
You are not a less important person because you have what you may consider to be an average job. The meaning you find in your work is totally up to you—not society’s definition of it. Whether you love your job or you just love the people you work with, your purpose is what you make it to be. If you are discontent, consider ways you can inject more meaning into your daily tasks and in your overall perspective of your job.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC