Have you noticed so many people leaving their jobs nowadays? It doesn’t matter what country they are from, what position they are holding in the company, or how much they are earning. The high employee turnover is an epidemic.
For some of those who choose to stay in their day jobs, going to work is a struggle. If only they don’t have bills to pay or responsibilities to fulfill, they would have left their jobs a long time ago. The quality of their work suffers and so do the companies they are working with.
The quality of their lives suffer as well as they are unable to fulfill the potential they know they have.
“Is this all I can be?”
“Is this all there is to life?”
They ask the right questions. But then, many of them just accept their fate and settle in mediocrity.
It’s not their fault entirely. They’re not the only ones to blame.
There is a disconnect between the people and the work that they do. Nowadays, that disconnect has become greater than ever.
That disconnect is work’s lack of meaning.
If you’re reading this blog, maybe you’re also struggling with finding meaning in the work that you do.
I hope that through this blog, you’ll be able to bridge the gap between the work that you do and the meaning you’re struggling to find.
How to know when you finally found meaning
Don’t get me wrong. There are still people who find meaning in their day jobs. There are still a lot of them in fact.
They are the ones who feel truly alive at work. They don’t drag themselves to work.
They fulfill their potential.
Perhaps, most importantly, they contribute—to the company and to the world—with all of their being.
They are their true selves at work.
Wait, isn’t this the key to finding meaning at work—to be truly alive at work? To contribute your ideas, your effort, and your whole self at work? To have a positive attitude?
A part of it is true. A positive attitude will take you far. But, for the most part, it’s not that easy. Having a positive attitude while doing work you struggle to find any meaning in can only take you so far.
But, when you feel truly alive, when you contribute your ideas, your effort, and your whole self, and when you have a positive attitude at work, you’ll know that you finally found the meaning you’ve been looking for. More than being a key, being fully alive and present at work is an indicator that you’ve finally found it.
There’s no clear measure or an objective indicator that you have finally found meaning. But, you’ll know it. You’ll feel it.
That’s what we’re trying to achieve in this blog—to help you find meaning, to help you get that feeling not only for a while, but for all the days of your working life.
What is art?
The world gave us a false notion of what it means to be an artist.
You don’t have to be Pablo Picasso, Michael Angelo, or Leonardo Da Vinci to become an artist.
You don’t even have to join Hollywood. (In fact, most people in Hollywood are not really artists. They’re actors, actresses, and entertainers, not artists.)
You don’t even have to sport an unruly look like how most people picture artists.
To be an artist, you simply need to create art.
But, what is art?
Here’s my simple definition of art:
Art is doing work that touches your soul and other people’s souls.
On one hand, you can be sitting behind a desk and doing your day job. It’s not art as we know it. But, if it touches your soul and other people’s souls, you are creating art. You are an artist.
On the other hand, you can be creating a masterpiece, a painting, a sculpture, or a drawing. Yes, it can touch your soul. That’s passionate art as we know it. But, if it doesn’t touch other people’s souls, it is still not art.
Does your work touch your soul? Does it touch the deepest part of your being? Does it touch other people’s souls?
Why you should create art
You create art because it’s in your nature to do so. You were born to create. The need to create is deep within you. You are created in the Creator’s image and likeness. Like the Creator, you can create. No matter what you believe, it’s in your design.
You also create art because it is the bridge that connects the work that you do and the meaning you have been searching for.
Creating art is the only way for work to matter. It is the only way for work to have meaning.
Through this blog, I hope to take you on a journey to help you discover and make the art that you were meant to create.
Are you creating art?