Why Most People Aren’t Satisfied with Work & What to Do about It

Have you ever wondered what you were supposed to do with your life? Or felt like you were somehow missing out on “something more?” Turns out, that’s not such a unique feeling.

Why Most People Aren't Satisfied with Work & What to Do about It

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 87% of the global workforce is not engaged with work. In other words, employees are either not motivated or just plain unhappy about their jobs.

To me, that sounds like a problem.

For years, I felt just okay about my job. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. And I struggled to figure out what to do with my life. Did I have a calling? Was I meant to do something? Or was I just not one of the special ones?

Then I had a conversation with a friend where I told him I didn’t have a dream. He didn’t believe me. In fact, he insisted that my dream was to write. And as soon as he said it, I agreed. I wanted to be a writer.

“But Jeff,” my friend Paul said. “You don’t have to want to be a writer. You are a writer. You just need to write.”

Two years later, I quit my job and pursued my dream. And in doing so, I learned a crucial lesson: activity follows identity. Before you can do something with your life, you have to discover who you are.

In writing The Art of Work, I interviewed hundreds of people who were doing meaningful work. They all seemed to say the same thing: “I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. It took time to figure it out who I was.” That was a message I could relate to.

These people taught me three lessons about work:

  1. Everything is practice. What often feels like a setback or failure is really preparation for what’s to come. Don’t neglect the chance to learn where you are.
  2. Discovery is a process, not a moment. Don’t wait until you’re ready. Act, anyway. Clarity comes with action.
  3. A calling is not just a job. It spans your whole life. You’re not done until you’re dead.

This began as a book about how I became a full-time writer, but as I started diving deeper into the material and stories it became so much more than that. This is a guide that will help you:

  • Make sense of your life.
  • Understand your place in the world.
  • Take the next step in finding your calling.

If you order the book now,  you’ll get $250 in bonuses, including a free online course, downloadable workbook, and access to me.

Do you struggle with trying to figure out what you were meant to do? Share in the comments.