Redefining our concept of work

How-to-Feel-Happy-and-Positive-At-WorkIn a 2013 survey of 12,000 professionals by the Harvard Business Review, half said they felt their job had no “meaning and significance”, and an equal number were unable to relate to their company’s mission, while another poll among 230,000 employees in 142 countries showed that only 13% of workers actually like their job. A recent poll among Brits revealed that as many as 37% think they have a job that is utterly useless.

They have, what anthropologist David Graeber refers to as, “bullshit jobs”. On paper, these jobs sound fantastic. And yet there are scores of successful professionals with imposing LinkedIn profiles and impressive salaries who nevertheless go home every evening grumbling that their work serves no purpose. Continue reading

What is the purpose of your life?

A few days ago, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a commencement speech to the Harvard graduates, class 2017. It was an inspirational, sincere and rich speech.

Many hints of this speech are interesting and relevant, two more than others.

First of all, the sense of purpose. Having a purpose in life is crucial, it directs us and leads us when we might be in trouble. However, hardly ever is a purpose individualist. We usually aim at a scope that has advantages for us, and for those around. That contributes to creating a more just society, in accordance to our vision of justice.

The purpose is also a sense of community. Zuckerberg explains this broad vision telling the story of the visit President JFK paid to the NASA space center. He saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon”. Continue reading