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Meaningful Work Is The Key To A Purposeful Life

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Finding meaningful work is now harder than ever. With trends that come and go like the summer’s breeze, you can find yourself working on something that doesn’t last. Now with that comes many projects done at the expense of time.

These ideas get tossed around, adopted, and actualized because of the mighty dollar. Money bastardized the meaning around products, principles, and people. It’s what drives corruption and what sways decisions. It’s for these reasons that we compromise our values and follow the wave.

With all this uncertainty chasing the dollar, one must ask, is what I’m doing actually worth a damn? If I never got paid would I still be proud of this? If I died would someone uncover my creation and pick up where I left off?

The answers to these questions may startle you, but it’s something we must ask ourselves. Living a life of purpose is slowly becoming a thing of the past, but it’s not something that we should compromise.

There must be meaning in our work if we ever wish to feel fulfilled. If what we’re doing today, makes someone’s tomorrow better then we’re already headed in the right direction. Without this sense of purpose we would be wasting our efforts on projects with no meaning and less conviction.

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

For example, recently I was introduced to Jim Rohn. A powerful speaker that helped shaped the minds of many in a positive way. He had a way with words that really stuck with me, and I found myself listening to him for days at a time. He touched me in such a way that I wanted to attend his seminars and soak up all his knowledge.

As I googled him I found out that I couldn’t attend his classes, because there were none. Jim Rohn had passed away in 2009 and here I am in 2017 trying to find a way to meet the man. If this isn’t a legacy I don’t know what is. His teachings were full of purpose and had deep meaning to everybody involved. He inspired millions and it’s precisely this type of work that we should all strive for.

Now unlike Jim Rohn, there are have been many instances in history in which people’s work were only recognized posthumously. Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allen Poe, are all revered as some of the best in their respective fields, but were never noticed during their lifetime.

“It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.” – Jim Collins

They worked in silence, without recognition, and without compensation. Working for a deeper meaning and for their own purpose. It’s with this sense of duty that we should all find in our work, because eventually we will return to the earth, we will become quotes, and our legacy will be the only thing that’s left.

In short, When we come to a fork in the road, and the choice is either money or meaning, I know we’ll make the right decision because the cash, the cars, the clothes mean nothing, but your convictions will.

Are you doing meaningful work? Please leave your thoughts below!

Hi, I'm Victor Figueroa and I love personal development. I strive to be better than yesterday and my mission is to help inspire everyone to reach their full potential. Let's grow together as we travel through this changing world in search of health, wealth, and happiness. Join me at mentorsmindset.com as we shift our way of thinking and create our own realities. You can also follow me on instagram @mentormindset.

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A Simple but Effective Technique to Be More Confident

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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Have you ever sent a text message only to have it misinterpreted by the person reading it? Happens all the time. Have you ever given a presentation that you were totally prepared for only to have it fall flat? Happens all the time. Have you ever had someone ask you something like, “Why are you mad?” when you were not at all mad? Happens all the time. (more…)

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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