Weekly Digest 🧠 #8

👋 Hey you!

I want to share an interesting idea I came across in my weekly explorations – the three different ways people find purpose and fulfilment in work from this video.

They are split based on the level of contribution:

  1. Individual – People here enjoy interacting and helping people in a direct and hands-on way. The people you help with your work could be clients, customers, students and even co-workers. Examples of common professions are doctors, therapists, coaches, teachers, etc. 
  2. Organisation – People at this level find fulfilment in creating organisations, teams, processes, workflows and systems to help other people solve their problems. Examples of professions here are executives, managers, certain types of entrepreneurs, administrators, etc.
  3. Societal – People here live to see how their work solves problems for the world beyond individuals and organisations. They see value in work at the former levels, but if they fail to see things changing for the better on a societal level, they feel dissatisfied. This type of work doesn’t correlate easily to certain professions, but social workers, some entrepreneurs and politicians (the good ones) would fall into this category.

Keep in mind that there isn’t one that is superior – they’re all merely different.

Something interesting to note here is that your preference is unlikely to change over time, indicating that it’s related to the way we’re wired in some way.

After some introspection based on my experiences, I can easily say that I find work at the Individual level most fulfillingI love teaching and interacting with people directly, either one-on-one or in small groups and helping them directly. I trust that the magnitude of impact that I can have on one person will translate to the societal level in its small way.

How about you? Please shoot me a reply and let me know! 🙂

To living consciously 🧘‍♂️

😍 My Favourite Links

📕 Book – I’m reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – one of the most controversial books of the century, but potentially life-changing if you can look beneath its surface. It’s a long read but a very gripping story that you’ll love if you consider yourself an independent thinker. I’m only a few chapters in and find myself strongly resonating with some of the characters and themes in the book.

🎥 Video – If you can ignore the clickbait-y title on this one, I think the path Improvement Pill discusses in the video may be the most practical way to escape the rat race. (Not for the risk-averse, though)

🎤 Podcast – This one with Daniel Vassalo and Paul Millerd is a deep dive into the mind of someone who walked away from a $500k software engineer job at Amazon to pursue self-employment.

🐦 Tweet – I loved this one from Sahil Lavingia on investing in things you know.

💭 Quote of The Week

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” – Stephen R. Covey

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