Finding Meaning in Your Work

The work done by any machine is in the form of a force which acts against a force acting in the same direction. In physics, if the force being exerted is being done at an oblique angle to the displacement, then the work done is F = ln(d/f). Work done on an object is accomplished not just by a simple displacement of the actual body in some new location to another, but by a transformation of some sort, by driving a wheel, rotating an internal-combustion engine, etc. Sometimes a combination of many activities is required to complete work on an object. In the context of a machine, this can be referred to as machinery.


Machinery exerts forces which result in changes in work values, changes in working procedures, and changes in work habits and tendencies. In the real world, changes in these variables are referred to as effects of implementation, changes in circumstances which cause a change in work practices, and changes in the character of production as a function of these changes. In practice, of course, we refer to them as effects of management, incentives, or other influences. Thus, if the proper force exerting the changes is not held accountable, then the changes themselves will result in new work values, new work habits, and new incentives.

To understand what is meant by’meaningful work’ it is useful to first understand what it is not. Work is not work; what is important work is not meaningful work. Meaningful work is work that produces real results for the people who are doing it, and it is work that is relevant to its surroundings and the people who are its consumers. What is important work is work that gets itself done, and it is work that gets itself changed so as to make it more relevant to the surroundings and the people who buy its products.

Therefore, it is not necessary to redefine work in order to find meaning. We do not need to redefine work in order to find meaning. We just need to be more effective in putting it into a meaningful shape. In other words, we need to learn to use betterup tools so that we can facilitate the changes we want to see, create better workplace values, and enhance the consequences of those changes. It does not matter whether you work in an office, in a factory, on a construction site, on a farm, in a neighborhood, or just walk down the street. You will discover that there is meaning in what you do, that there is a ‘workplace value system’ behind it, that there are work ethics and norms, and that people work better when they have access to meaningful work that is not just’meaningless.’

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of management. In a job opportunity, it is usually the case that there are core values, a work ethic, and rules which govern behavior and ensure that the results are positive. When there is no such core work values, people are very likely to deviate from the standard. For example: If you are working as a supermarket manager, one of your main tasks will be to motivate the staff by rewarding good performance and by increasing the number of employees who are performing below par. The employees will likely view this as a reward for their sub-par performances and as a way to avoid poor consequences for their bad behavior.

However, if you had chosen a different career path, say as a coach, counselor, or speaker, instead of a supermarket manager, then the rewards for good performance would be different. There may be no standard at all. The work values would be personal rather than professional. As such, it is much harder to find meaning in your daily actions. You need to use a betterup tool, such as the Law of Attraction, to help you tap into the subconscious to find meaning in your life and your career path. This helps you overcome obstacles such as resistance to change, doubt about your own ability, doubting your own value, and so on.