We’re taught to believe that chart-topping success somehow provides us with circumstances independent of their accompanying challenges. That somehow, being successful in our work is a shortcut to an easier and more rewarding life.
This may be true, but finding a shortcut that provides lasting satisfaction is not.
Personal growth is what we all aim for. Making money and rearranging the circumstances again and again isn’t satisfying for very long. In your career, only the knowledge that your work is somehow meaningful and serves some segment of society provides lasting satisfaction.
So here’s how to take a shortcut to new and more favourable circumstances: find a way to persuade others to do the work of elevating your position.
For all other types of improvement, commit to something other than acquiring new things. Find the cause that you believe in. Know the change you seek to make. Avoid the temptation to require results. Day by day, slowly, over time, do a little more of the thing that means something to you. The work you will do might come at great cost. Your lunch break. Your savings. Your family time. That’s OK. You were born with the resources to do it.
Doing your work is how you become your own person.