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Doing Meaningful Work

Posted on: June 6, 2013

Yesterday i saw the news about a building that collapsed in Philadelphia that killed 6 people including a 35 year old woman who was shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store within the vicinity. Now several people had noticed that there were huge risks involved in the methodology being used to bring down the building. They were manually knocking down the bricks!

The problem is, no one said something until this catastrophe happened.

After reading this, i thought to myself, how many times do you do “work” that you know makes no sense and defy’s logic but you do it anyway because management asked you to? Work by definition learned in physics is when a force is applied to through  a certain distance. That’s the tangible work. The one we can measure. The one we can bill!

In all foresight, the real work is never tangible at first. It always happens behind the scenes and it’s the work that matters.

When everyone goes home and your left wondering how your project will impact the recipients, that’s meaningful work! When you sit down and determine which story you will tell that will resonate and change the way we do X, Y or Z, that’s meaningful work! Before we start tearing down a building, the real meaningful work should be can it be done with safety and budgets involved. Before we start a business, the real work is what is the mindset we need to be in. Before we start a procedure the real work is to make sure it will have an impact and it will matter and make a difference.

No one will pay you a premium for doing regular work and the greatest premiums are paid for insight which determines what work should be done and what works needs to be avoided.

My heart goes out to the 6 people who died and the 14 injured as a result. Maybe we can all borrow a leaf and start doing work that really matters.

Have an industrious day.

Lee Kariuki


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