Why Add More Meaning And Purpose

 

I am reading  Napoleon Hill’s book “The Law of Success in 16 Lessons.”   He wrote this before “Think and Grow Rich” and today this quote jumped out to me as a perfect example of how PURPOSE can make us happy and create more engaged employees.

“IT IS A PECULIAR TRAIT OF HUMAN NATURE, BUT IT IS TRUE, THAT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MEN WILL WORK HARDER FOR THE SAKE OF RENDERING USEFUL SERVICE THAN THEY WILL FOR MONEY ALONE.”

 It also reminded me of a story of two stone masons.
Although both were paid the same wage, one always seemed to love going to work and the other talked about his job as if it were a total drudge.

When both were asked to describe more about what they did they had very different answers.

The one who found his job to be a drudge explained, “I go to work each day and there is a pile of stones or bricks ready for us.
All day I have to take that whole pile and put them one on top of each other until the end of the day.
The next day I do it all over again.
Each day is the same and it is so tiring and boring.”

When the second man was asked to describe his job he told a very different story.
He had this to say, “Each day is so exciting, as I’m building the most wonderful buildings.
You see that office building over there,  I helped build it.
And the new church two blocks over, that has my work in it too.
For the next few weeks I’ll be building a school where kids will spend years learning.
My job couldn’t be any better.”

Connected to purpose and mission the second man was incredibly more happy than the first.
Notice that the big difference here was all about perspective and both men could have had the same perspective.

It is a matter of stopping to realize how important your job really is.

Taking “Profit from Happiness” Into Your Life & Business

 This week look for places where you can show someone else the purpose of a task or job.

This may be someone you work with or it could be a friend or even one of your kids.

What is true is that this time spent looking for purpose can both help them and you be so much happier.

And it can even be yourself that you bring this new perspective.

Connecting to Purpose and Meaning always adds to happiness.

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