I think most career advisers get meaning and purpose confused. Here’s what I think.
- You want meaningful work? Find your purpose.
Purpose involves passion, to some extent, but I think it involves skill. I am not passionate about Human Resources, but I’m good at my job. I have some skills. I think my purpose in this world is to help people make sense of work.
Is it my passion?
That’s not how I’m built.
I am passionate about cats, my family, and social justice. I am paid to give career advice, just like a plumber is paid to fix a leaky sink. I use the money to pursue my passions. I think that’s okay. My life has meaning. I have a purpose. What more could I ask for?
What more do you want?