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Working at Meaning

From the time I woke up until now, I’ve been on the phone conducting applicant interviews for the Praxis program. Now I’m getting ready to meet with my Director of Business Development Zak Slayback. After that I have a few 1-on-1 sessions with some of my participants.

If I were on the phone this much for any other reason, I would be angry enough to transform into the Incredible Hulk. Thankfully, this time is spent around brilliant people who leave me feeling more inspired at the end of the conversation than at the beginning. The more days I have like this, the more the following idea is reinforced: It’s not work that we hate. It’s meaningless work that we hate.

As human beings, we are optimized for engaging in creative activity. The key to experiencing what we’re all looking for on our weekends or days off lies in putting the love, creativity, and fire back into the so-called daily grind. I truly believe that Mondays and Tuesdays can be just as exciting or relaxing as Fridays and Saturdays if we work harder at transcending conventional distinctions between work and play.

The greatest form of hustle isn’t the kind that’s aimed at making money. It’s the kind that’s aimed at making meaning. Work hard, but work even harder at building a relationship to work that’s healthy and life-giving.

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