World Change Wednesdays: On the Joy of Meaningful Work


George Bernard Shaw wrote, "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."

Most people want to find true joy in life. Perhaps even a large number of humans pursue true joy through trying to have a meaning or a purpose to their existence. By meaning or purpose we mean something one is willing to wear oneself out trying to achieve.

For me, searching for joy, meaning, and purpose are a big part of what lead me to start the journey of founding Overflow. I am willing to be thoroughly worn out by this pursuit. I bet most entrepreneurs get into business because they are on a similar journey toward joy, meaning, and purpose.  That's why we wear ourselves out.

But I wonder about the rest of humanity - those who aren't entrepreneurs.  What other ways do people look for joy, meaning, and purpose besides starting a business?

Let's start with you. Comment and share your answer to 1 or more of the following questions:

  • Do you think you might actually find joy, meaning, or purpose?
  • How do you go about this search for joy, meaning, or purpose?
  • What would it look like to do this within relationships - family, friends, neighbors, coffee shop neighbors, colleagues, along a supply chain?



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