Perhaps you are self-employed but work with clients who make you yawn rather than brim with pride and satisfaction of a job well done.
Perhaps the work you currently do at your 9-5 is drab and uninspired because you don’t feel fulfilled or in control.
We certainly cannot expect to receive a pat on the back every time we submit completed work to our manager at work or clients in our business. However, there’s at least one person who should tell us our work is meaningful…and mean it when they say it. That person is you (and I). If we ourselves do not believe our work is meaningful, then how can we expect others to?
If you finish each day drained—not from creative exhaustion caused by an outpour of ideas but rather from a perpetual creative void—it may be time to ask yourself what meaningful work looks like in your eyes. What would make you feel proud at the end of each day and excited to rise the morning after?
And for those of you doing inspired and meaningful work but lacking a supportive significant other, sibling, parent, classmate, team member…Screw ‘em. Your work is meaningful.