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From a personal, individual perspective, meaningful work is a pursuit that moves you, that makes you feel you’re part of something larger than yourself.

Often a great way to find your passion is to begin by first seeking meaningful work.

When you’re confused about your passion, and you don’t know what excites you or fills you with enthusiasm to jump out of bed in the morning, you can lead yourself to work you love by doing something that deeply moves or inspires you. Ultimately, doing something that is meaningful AND that you feel passionate about is the optimal goal. It is the recipe for a fulfilling life.

How does meaningful work lead you to your life passion? Because the feelings meaningful work affords are often more substantial and powerful than the pleasure of more ego-driven passion pursuits. These feelings drive us to engage more fully, to explore the depths of our experience, until we are lost in passion — and our meaningful work becomes the work “we can’t not do.”

Meaningful work doesn’t necessarily have to be your day job, although that’s the ideal scenario since you spend so much time there. But you can also pursue meaningful work outside of your day job through volunteer work or side gigs. In fact, sometimes this is the best way to start so you can get a feel for the work and how powerful it is for you. It helps you prioritize your life goals and values, and as I mentioned, it can lead you to your life passion.

So how do you decide what is meaningful?

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