Since we spend over one-third of our weekday at our workplace, to most of us, work has become an inseparable part of our experience. As with all other experiences, we try to find and inject meaning into what we engage, to make sense of what we have to do everyday.
Here’s the list of meaning/purpose that I can think of as why we go to work everyday.
(1) For a paycheck
(2) To associate with people
(3) To build network
(4) To seek opportunities
(5) To enhance our skill-set
(6) To prepare for the next big thing
(7) Best of all, having fun doing what one does at work.
I believe the great majority of people come to the office for a paycheck. Very few people come with their own personal agenda, that is, seeking for whatever they can potentially gain from this experience, often intangible gain. Only these tiny minority can rise above the ordinary.
For me, searching for meanings in what I am doing is the huge force motivating me every day. The real crisis is to find what you are doing meaningless.