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Steven McConnell

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Why Do So Many People Loathe Their Jobs - And How Do We Fix That?

The default context for work is this: work is not fun, but we need to do it to make a living.

And we dream that, one day, when we "make it big" and earn enough money, we can quit work and have more fun in life.

In other words, for most people work is seen as the opposite of fun.

I believe that is a lie which we've been born into.

For a lot of people - even today - work is their passion, their mission in life, the source of fulfilment and a means through which they make a difference. People have dedicated their lives to their jobs. They have even died - willingly - because they believed their work had meaning greater than their own life/

It's an incredible gift and a privilege to enjoy your work. The question is - how to we allow more people experience that gift? How do we stop people from wasting their lives in meaningless 9-5 jobs which they loathe?

How to we allow people to realise their passions and translate them into successful, profitable business ventures which feed their souls and make a difference?

Those are the questions I'm interested in exploring.



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  • Mar 14 2013: The problem we have as a society is that we are often dreaming about "making it big" instead of living in the moment and doing what we can today to make things better. We are unhappy with what we have, with what we are doing and dream of a better time. There is really no better time than now to change that thinking...we need to look at the things we like about life, about our lives and build on that. You have to decide whether you want to follow your passion or follow the money. I do believe that following your passion should be your first step and then examine whether there are ways to make more money doing it. I think it's better to make a "comfortable living" do what you love to do than to try to gather lots of money in the hope to one day do what you love to do. Remember the quote: "Tomorrow is promised to no one."
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      Mar 14 2013: Good points, Barry. May I ask - what's your passion?

      • Mar 15 2013: Photography, arts, culture and heritage.

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