Everyone wants to do work that is meaningful. But what does “meaningful work” mean?
Here’s one take from author Adam Smiley Poswolsky: “Meaningful work is about finding alignment between your unique gifts and the impact you want to have, in a way that supports your desired quality of life. That might mean starting your own business, or it may mean aligning your personal mission with an organization’s mission,” Poswolsky writes.
“Any job, however unfulfilling to you, might be incredibly meaningful to someone else,” he adds. “Don’t worry about whether your job or company is more meaningful than someone else’s — this is a fool’s errand — instead, discover what’s meaningful to you. Not what’s meaningful to your friends on Facebook, your parents, or your boss, but what’s meaningful to you.”
That’s a notion that Habitat for Humanity certainly embraces in our work, and here, the opportunities for doing meaningful work are plentiful. Each role with Habitat, whether paid or volunteer, is a way to help more families build and improve a place to call home. And that brings us all closer to our shared goal of a world where everyone has a decent place to live!