A meaningful career is one where you feel deeply fulfilled. A connection exists between what you do and why you do it, and you can not only feel it but you can articulate it. Those with meaningful careers not only get a sense of satisfaction that’s almost blissful but can express to others this rich sense of contribution and substance. “Meaning” can mean (pun intended) different things:
- Meaning for you might is a quest for improvement and growing your skills and abilities. You may not see what you are doing as “meaningful,” per se (kind of a nebulous concept…) but acquiring information and putting it into practice provides internal rewards and a feeling of satisfaction that drives you forward. For you, there is no fun like work. What would you need to deepen this experience?
- Meaning could be how you serve others (including institutions) and your sense of duty and responsibility to something where you feel you belong. Through feeling an affiliation with an organization, knowing how it “works” so that you know how to make it run better, and by creating cooperative relationships that allow you to feel supported and respected through your tireless work ethic and keen ability to make things happen, meaning will manifest itself quickly. What are you learning about who you are through your contributions and your service?
- Meaning might be the ability to express yourself without inhibition and an opportunity to explore the true limits of your skills, abilities, and interests immediately. By being bold and being adaptable you create a meaningful career as you live your art and create in the here-and-now. A meaningful career creates stimulation, excitement, and mastery in the moment without being limited by someone else’s rules and policies. To what extent do you have freedom in your work? How engaged are you with what you do for your own purposes and not the agenda of another?
- You could experience meaning by getting below the surface of your life and how your career connects you with your sense of significance. You are here for a Purpose…what is it? And will that purpose create a heightened sense of self-awareness and inner wisdom that you long for? You will know that you have found meaning by having more authentic relationships (including your relationship with yourself) and creating a platform for you to facilitate your growth, possibly through the growth of others.
Meaning isn’t some vague or esoteric thing: you can define it, connect with it, and create it. The work we will do together is work that will help you do this by clarifying your definition and the elements – the work you do, the people you work with, the environment around you, and other career lifestyle factors – that will make it real. Time to get to work?