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Is there an ultimate answer to the question, “Why?” Are life, the universe, and everything teeming with meaning? Or is it all particles and waves that randomly bash about guided by a few basic rules? Do our answers these questions do anything practical for our work, life, and happiness? Yup. Regardless of which way we see things, we […]


No Need for Enduring Legacies

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When we consider our careers and what makes them meaningful, let’s beware the wish for creating something that will last. Instead of enduring, let’s go for impactful. What problem can we solve? What condition can we change? Who would benefit? Enduring misses the mark. Once the impact is made, the thing doing the impact can melt […]

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The To-Do List is Dead…

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Long live the to-do list! Even people who are good at making lists of their tasks get overwhelmed. Despite having up-to-date lists, they find it impossible to prioritize, delegate, or know when to say, “no.” Yes, to-do lists are great for holding all our tasks in one place. Yes, they give us a sense of being […]

Can We Have Everything?

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The cars, the houses, the career, the family, the vacations, the meaningful experiences, the titles, the accolades, the bucket list, the prestige, the money, the cottage, the degrees and certifications, the friends, the love, the fame, the good life, the perfect swing, the next iPhone? (I could go on.) Can we have everything? No. There […]

Money or Meaning?

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Making all the money or doing meaningful work? Wait. Who says that we cannot have both? They are not mutually exclusive. They do not depend on position, status, or luck. They don’t even require what most of us know as “hard work and sacrifice.” They do require constant, conscious choice, clarity of purpose, being guided […]


Find Meaningful Work, Part 2

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In the prior post, we said that the trick to finding meaningful work is to begin with what we think is meaningful. That may be easy to say and rather difficult to do. Here, then, are four questions that can guide you. What do you care about? What are you good at? What do you […]


Find Meaningful Work, Part 1

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How does one find meaningful work? Start with knowing what is meaningful. We choose to give meaning to something by noticing and appreciating it. In your career, the trick is not to somehow find work that is meaningful. The trick is to choose confidently whatever you choose to notice and appreciate. Then find all the […]


Trick Question

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“The real problem of life is not its misery but its meaninglessness.” – Colin Wilson We toil away because…well, why? What is the meaning of life? Apart from a platitude here or there, most of us have no real grasp on the meaning of our lives. Yet the answer to that question is vitally important. […]

What Does It All Mean-Examples

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Yesterday we saw how we get to define the meaning of things and how liberating it is to do so. Here are some examples to illustrate. The alternate meanings I have listed are not the “right” meanings; there’s no such animal as “right meaning” except the one that you choose for yourself. What is the […]