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Why waiting to find your meaningful job is a lot like saving sex until old age

Ted Talk on How To Find and Do the Work You Love

Would you ever stay in a job you don’t love because it looks good on a resume? Would your answer be any different if asked would you ever save sex for old age? The point is, why would you ever put off something so good so far down the road. In Scott Dinsmore’s TED Talk, How To Find and Do the Work You Love, he shares insights on the importance of finding the work you “can’t not do”. Scott provides a clever introduction to the topic by using Warren Buffet’s analogy of taking jobs you don’t love to saving sex for old age.

Scott’s talk provides practical advice about how to find the work you love. This is so important because according to Scott, a staggering 80% of employees are dissatisfied with their job. That’s a scary statistic. We launched Bmeaningful in part to help change this. In our recent blog post- Don’t Wait for Job Happiness, Become a Purple Sheep Now– we use the metaphor of Purple Sheep to describe professionals who break from the herd- of those in jobs because it’s what they think is expected of them- and start to use their skills for good. We also want to inspire people to find and do the meaningful work they love.

Scott provides three strategies for how you can find the work you love:

1. Become a Self-Expert- You need to know what makes you happy.
2. Do the Impossible-  Push your limits.
3. Surround Yourself with Inspiring People- The people around you matter.

If you’re not loving your job and want to become part of the 20% of people who love what they do, then you’ve come to the right place. Get inspired by our Purple Sheep, interviews of professionals doing jobs with a purpose and a paycheque, or go to Scott’s website, Living Legends, for some positive motivation.

Let us know what you think. Do you agree that you shouldn’t take a job just because it looks good on a resume?

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