I heard a fantastic interview of an entrepreneur that adopted this motto in his ventures by Avot de Rabbi Natan,
“Do not be afraid of work that has no end”
I like closure and results. The kind of thinking that creates big movements, such as ensuring every human being has clean water, is daunting, to say the least. It’s the kind of commitment that stirs the soul to action, if we can find such a cause.
The hard part is to get above the noise of all the demands we have already committed to. I do think it’s good to periodically look up from our work and ask what direction we are headed.
We may find that we have emotionally shifted and that our priorities are misaligned.
Do I still care about this work?
Is there a new reality and opportunity to pursue?
Am I making an impact?
I think modern work moves at a dizzying pace, and it’s hard to get above the fray. Purpose, meaning and vision take deep thought, and that can be challenging, especially in the grind. However, I do often sense I am likely off course most of the time when it comes to work I have committed to. It’s that hunch I feel in the back of my mind while I maintain productivity around my commitments.
So, I try to keep some simple disciplines to keep thinking broader:
- Morning routines. With coffee in hand, I like to be silent and let my mind and heart think and align on what is going on and where I am headed.
- Constant questioning. I always ask myself and use conversations with others to evaluate my choices. Is there something better? I’m looking for better.
- Perspective. I ask myself frequently, “Knowing what I know now further down the journey, would I have started this project?”
I think at a core level, we are deeply inspired with work that has no end and provides impact and meaning. It beats year after year of subsistence thinking.
Is there bigger work you should consider?