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I read this short & interesting article in the Harvard Business Review titled “Building a  Career Worth Having”:

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/build_a_career_worth_having.html

I agree with a lot of what’s written here.  There are very few people I know who feel fulfilled in their jobs; most are just trying to earn a living.  Nothing wrong with that, but I think it’s a waste if we spend all our working lives solely to just pay the bills.  If you work eight hours a day & count the time commuting to & from work, it seems a huge waste of our time, talent & energies if we’re not doing something that we at least find interesting.  I think if people had jobs or careers that they were engaged in, life would be much more rewarding & stimulating.  You’d wake up looking forward to every day & not just the weekends and vacations.

For me, money has never been the primary reason I accepted any job, simply because becoming rich and buying material things aren’t my goals in life.  Nor have I ever been overly ambitious – I’ve never wanted to have the top job.  The older I get, the more I want work that’s meaningful.  I remember feeling like I had a mid-life crisis in my mid-20’s.  I was at a strategic planning retreat at my last job in the Philippines before moving to the States & realized that, although I really enjoyed training & organizational development,  training employees to ultimately benefit a company’s bottom line isn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  Helping employees become better at what they do to ultimately make the owner of a company richer wasn’t appealing to me.  I didn’t know yet what I wanted to do, but I remember that I wanted work that had a more meaningful impact on people’s lives.

I am lucky in the sense that all the jobs I’ve had I really enjoyed.  I will hopefully enter the legal field soon & will continue my journey towards a satisfying, intellectually stimulating & meaningful work.

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