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    Default What is it with people needing "deeper meaning" in their work?

    For me, work has always just been a source of income. I spend a lot of time looking for lucrative jobs that fit me, but only because I suffer with disabilities that make life harder for me than most people, and I want to be very wealthy in spite of those problems. For those who desire "deeper meaning" and "fulfillment", how come you just don't shut up and get to work?
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    If you are spending 40 + doing work, then having some meaning will make you feel better. It's also nice to feel like you are doing something good. It probably gives people a sense of control, purpose, and makes them feel important.

    There's probably some more reasons, but I feel like many people have an innate need to do meaningful work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilephantomhive View Post
    If you are spending 40 + doing work, then having some meaning will make you feel better. It's also nice to feel like you are doing something good. It probably gives people a sense of control, purpose, and makes them feel important.

    There's probably some more reasons, but I feel like many people have an innate need to do meaningful work.
    I see purpose and whatnot as illusionary. I live first and foremost for sybaritic pleasures of the flesh, and then for wealth and power. ADHD and Bipolarism give me issues, but for the most part, I am driven by a desire to live the good life, and to enjoy all that money can buy.
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    Deeper meaning to me is just doing something impactful from a business perspective, adding value and supporting people in development of their careers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wailing Specter View Post
    For me, work has always just been a source of income. I spend a lot of time looking for lucrative jobs that fit me, but only because I suffer with disabilities that make life harder for me than most people, and I want to be very wealthy in spite of those problems. For those who desire "deeper meaning" and "fulfillment", how come you just don't shut up and get to work?
    Perhaps because material possessions are unfulfilling to many?

    Personally, I'd rather be poor and doing something "meaningful" than rich and doing something I found shallow. Though I also think that people are capable of creating meaning in most (reasonable) situations.

    Plus, who says that people going after deeper meaning aren't working hard? In fact, they might be working harder than you because they're doing both their day job, and their dream.
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    This sounds like a question that'd seems so intuitive (not the MBTI meaning kind), that it just sounds like you're wanting to play devil's advocate.

    So to put it out simply:

    Work for most people take a huge portion of their life away: because in a capitalistic society people have to work to live off the streets and have a decent life. Well, wouldn't you want to know what exactly the work you're putting your effort, work, sweat and tears and maybe not that even great pay going towards something useful?

    Money can help with happiness but it is not the end all be all for happiness. Not everyone is carnal, and some find higher fulfillment in helping others. So if a job is only to satiate one person's desires over the many, doesn't that eat one away?

    I would want to say people will look back at their life and appreciate the things they've done and not see everything as a means to an end. Chasing happiness isn't happiness.

    It comes down to philosophy of course. But I don't know many means to an end kind of people who are truly happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepink-cloakedninja View Post
    Perhaps because material possessions are unfulfilling to many?

    Personally, I'd rather be poor and doing something "meaningful" than rich and doing something I found shallow. Though I also think that people are capable of creating meaning in most (reasonable) situations.

    Plus, who says that people going after deeper meaning aren't working hard? In fact, they might be working harder than you because they're doing both their day job, and their dream.
    ^This exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wailing Specter View Post
    For me, work has always just been a source of income. I spend a lot of time looking for lucrative jobs that fit me, but only because I suffer with disabilities that make life harder for me than most people, and I want to be very wealthy in spite of those problems. For those who desire "deeper meaning" and "fulfillment", how come you just don't shut up and get to work?
    Why do you think they're not working? I know many people that do fulfilling work and they definitely work harder than you do.
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    Idk, there's nothing I want to do work-wise and I hate work because it takes away from my free time
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    Because when I have fun with what I'm doing, I'm going to do it better and grow with it..

    I studied Banking and didn't like it at all, and had no idea what I want to be, since I have too many interests and "talents" until I finally found being a special needs teacher is what I want for my life..

    And as @thepink-cloakedninja said, I don't care about money, I mean being a core 6, I'm constantly worried about securing myself with money, and I definitely think it would be nice to be rich, but I prefer to do something that I actually like, and is somehow meaningful to me
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