Only certain types of work are meaningful.
I’ve noticed that people think you either have to work at a non-profit or at only certain types of companies if you want to feel fulfilled by your work.
But the truth is...
You are the only person who can decide what is meaningful to you.
Honestly, no one can tell you what’s meaningful. However, there are a lot of people who are feeling stuck in meaningless jobs.
And no matter how miserable you are at work, there's a part of them that wants you to stay that way.
Because they are also stressed out.
And if you become happier and more fulfilled in your life, what will that say about them?
They might then have to start looking at their lives and begin making some changes too.
So keep in mind...
What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.
Here’s what’s really happening, they are probably feeling kind of shitty about their own situation.
Unsure about the path they are on.
Regretting some of the decisions they have made.
Worried that it’s too late to do anything about all of this.
And honestly that has nothing to do with you.
When I left my corporate job, I took a sabbatical and spent 18 months figuring out what I wanted to do with my life.
My friends and family had a wide variety of reactions to my decision to leave and take a break.
Some were supportive but unsure. Some seemed outright judgmental. And some were loving and accepting.
One of the things I noticed is that the people who were the least supportive were the ones that seemed to be tied strongest to “the way we are supposed to do things.”
But I know there is a different way.
And this is where The Meaningful Work(shop) comes in.
I've created this program to help others find fulfilling work with the support they need along the way.
Throughout the course, we learn how to turn down the voice of fear and tune into the voice of reason.
The work(shop) is also built on equipping participants with the tools they need to find their own path to meaningful work.
It was created to give you a roadmap for figuring out what’s meaningful to you. And a way to start aligning the details of your life with your values.
We experience freedom when we choose a path that provides us both meaning and pleasure.
If you're looking to get a head start, grab a notebook or the notes app on your phone in the next few days and start a list of the moments that you feel fulfilled, happy and free.
Maybe you feel the most fulfilled when you are snuggling with your spouse or your kids or your dog or all of the above.
Or perhaps you are happiest when you are exercising or creating presentations for work or spending time with a friend.
For you, freedom could look like a shorter commute, more vacation time or feeling like your voice is heard.