What is purpose? What is meaning? What are we doing every day? In the movie Fight Club the protagonist makes a statement that stuck with me throughout my life, "...everything's a copy, of a copy, of a copy". Though the character is discussing his dealings with insomnia, I have felt this quote deep in my soul as I would get up, go to work, go home, watch TV, go to sleep, get up, go to work, go home, watch TV, go to sleep, get up, to go work....
There was an emptiness deep within me. I was longing for an answer of what I needed to do fill this emptiness. This feeling of monotony. This feeling of melancholy. What was I missing? Why did it seem like everyone else was smiling happily and eagerly marching through this obviously endless hampster-wheel of corporate America? Was I just not drinking the Kool-aid?
I soon learned we are all searching for some purpose, some meaning to the work we do everyday. We are fighting against work for work sake and are striving towards a culture we want to know what widget were building why we are building it and how it is helping people. Many of us are able to find a meaning to hang their hat, while some of us are putting on our facades of smiles while we toil away with so much internal struggle.
We will explore in our podcast (Episode 3) how finding purpose in life, and in our work, will help us to be healthier, more productive, and dare I say happier? If you haven't done the work to explore what is you are doing, why you are doing it, and your purpose, I highly suggest you start now, as in the podcast we see how, if it isn't now, measures of our perceived purpose are rapidly becoming a regular conversation in our home and work lives.
So, take a second. Ask yourself what it is you are doing, and more importantly, Why you are doing it. Find out what it is that drives you every day. What it is to have a reason, a goal, and an intrinsic motivation behind it. Because, I promise you, it is in your benefit to be a...