Work with meaning

Work with meaning

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success”.

― Sir Ernest Shackleton

 My friend Dan used to hate his job. He’d moan about it every time I’d ask how his day was. When I talk to him now he notes how much he’s working, everything he has to do, and… how much he loves his new role.

It’s a little counterintuitive, but it really does seem that most people don’t care (to a point) how much they are working or how much they are being paid (again, to a point), what really matters is how much they are utilised. As we all want to feel as though our contributions are invaluable.

Well that’s what I think happened to Dan. He is excelling in his new position, under the supervision of a business owner who believes in him and gives him credit where it’s due. And I’m inclined to think that this formula will be effective most of the time, no matter what industry.

The quote above is said to be from December 1914, when Sir Ernest Shackleton needed men to help with his expedition to Antarctica. Shackleton did not lack requests for the role. Why? Well, I think it’s because people want a purpose, they want an adventure, they want to be a part of something invaluable.

That’s just my thoughts though. What makes you like your job?

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