On Meaningful Work

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese proverb.

A job that teaches you nothing, is just a job. And because it teaches you nothing, you’ll remain stuck there. Unless you do something about it.

Most employers don’t care about what you think. They care about your labor. You become a more valuable asset when people care about what you think. If all you’re selling is your labor, you’re selling yourself short. The modern economy is built on ideas.

You have something valuable to give to the world, and it’s easier than ever to do it. Give the world your best and see where it leads. The creative person you were as a child is still part of who you are now. You are a vault filled with ideas waiting to be unlocked from within.

It’s not a lack of ideas that holds us back, it’s usually a lack of execution. We tend to wait for someone else to give us permission. Give yourself permission.

Whatever makes you unique, is what makes you remarkable. Whatever makes you remarkable, is what makes you marketable. There’s room in the world for your individual uniqueness. It just might take awhile to find the people who will value it.

It’s a beautiful thing to be able to do what you love. It starts by being bold enough to try. You have to start somewhere to get where you want to be. And if you’re fortunate enough to do the things you love, you should be grateful. Be grateful for the opportunities you’ve been given.