Episode 19: Finding meaning in work
So, Zack was eating Chinese food recently and got a fortune that read, “If you’re feeling down, then try throwing yourself into work.”
For Zack, he saw only the pitfalls of his past – pushing too hard and too far and ending up with medical issues that nearly put him out of commission. However, Jason viewed it differently: as a way to compartmentalize and find a deeper meaning through your work. For some, work is everything – and that can be ok, but neither Jason nor Zack have the equation right.
It has to be balanced. To find meaning in work, you need to first be self aware of your limits and then you need to find a balance between your work self and your personal self. There needs to be a separation. There needs to be a clear line between work you and personal you. Otherwise, you can completely lose yourself in your work.
For some, you might truly want to be defined by your work. For others, it’s equally as important to be defined by anything else but work since work might just be a means to an end. It’s all about striking a balance that you’re comfortable with.
Finding meaning can be a lifelong pursuit. It can be something directly associated with your job OR it can be something completely separate that you are truly passionate about. But when you are able to meet your passion in life with your career, you are able to often feel more free and alive.
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