It’s a Malcolm Gladwell idea. I wrote about this a year ago – here. I was listening to an interview of him – here – and he explains the components of meaningful work. There are three things that are needed in order to get to that next level.
“Meaningful work is one of the most important things we can impart to children. Meaningful work is work that is autonomous. Work that is complex, that occupies your mind. And work where there is a relationship between effort and reward — for everything you put in, you get something out…
If you are convinced that the work you are doing is meaningful, then curiosity, there’s no cost to it. If you think there’s always got to be a connection between what you put in and what you get out, then of course you’ll run off with a great excitement after an idea that catches your idea.”
Do you discuss your ideas? Is there someone that you share ideas with? Do you do meaningful work?