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If You've Established Boundaries in These 7 Areas, You're Well On Your Way to Finding Meaningful Work

Finding meaningful work (work that uses your talents and strengths, is rewarding, and ignites you emotionally) is not the norm. The sad truth is, most spend their entire careers going through the motions with little connection to what they do. But, it's not for lack of trying.

I think most of us fail to find fulfilling careers because we don't know where to look. Rather than consulting our own conscious taking inventorying of our skills and passions, we mimic others. We don't know how to define meaningful work for ourselves, so we borrow it.

I would know. I spent the first half of my career chasing this "outer" definition of success. You know, the sexy titles, accolades, and spoils of success. I based all of my early career choices on things like perception, life-style, and notoriety. It didn't work out. Five years in and I was disengaged with zero ideas on what I wanted to do.

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What Doesn't Seem Like Work

If something that seems like work to other people doesn't seem like work to you, that's something you're well suited for. For example, a lot of programmers I know, including me, actually like debugging. It's not something people tend to volunteer; one likes it the way one likes popping zits. But you may have to like debugging to like programming, considering the degree to which programming consists of it. The stranger your tastes seem to other people, the stronger evidence they probably are of what you should do.

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Too busy? 10 tips for slowing down and becoming unbusy

If you're here to find practical tips to bring balance back to your life and eliminate "busy" from your vocabulary, you've come to the right place - a full life is not a busy life!

There are a lot of regurgitated, surface-level tips out there for slowing down and becoming unbusy. My goal is to provide you with tips for slowing down that go deeper. Keep in mind, many of these tips are currently countercultural. So, while they are "simple" in theory, they aren't necessarily easy in practice. But, they are 100% worth it.

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