In Outliers (an interesting book by Malcolm Gladwell) – which I read recently – I came across the following paragraph that I’d like to share with you today…
“Autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfils us.”
It struck a chord with me, perhaps it did with you too? The simplicity of its message is clear and something that I’m trying to take on board. It’s easy to follow the money and lose happiness by doing so.
Some days I look in envy at those that rise early and head off to work. I imagine the purpose their life must have and wish it for my own. I realise that it’s not always as I perceive though; many of these instances are born from necessity.
At the end of the day, having the desire to live a meaningful life is something that we all have in common, right?