There's lot more to a job than making money

October 30, 2017 11:09
As Apple's late founder Steve Jobs once said, the only way to great work is to love what you do. Photo: Reuters

I'm working on a project being conducted jointly by business schools of several local universities, and the topic is about the purpose of work.

Human beings spend most of their life at work, but very few give much thought about the meaning of work. It's perhaps because the answer is seen too obvious—we need to work to make a living.

I, however, believe there should be lot more to a job than just making money. 

Everyone has his or her own unique talents. A job should help them develop their talents and make them realize their potential, apart from providing bread and butter.

In workplaces, team work is critical. As we learn from our job and through interaction with others, our personalities would gradually evolve.

For instance, work can help improve our adversity quotient (AQ). Dealing with success and failures in work will help us grow as individuals.

In my own case, I have learnt how not to get carried away by success, and how to regain confidence after failure.

Also, years of experience as an entrepreneur have made me passionate about finding solutions. I've become increasingly curious and I've enjoyed the work a lot.

Many people dread going to office, but if you discover the fun and meaning of work, the whole thing will look very different.

People get to know who we are through our work attitude and behavior. Doing a good job is the way to go to gain the trust of others, not through empty talk.

Some work hard in order to retire early with enough financial resources, but some keep going even they are rich enough.

Money is seemingly the evidence to prove the value of one's work. But some have given up business value for more meaningful causes. When you find the meaning of work, you will find your true value.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct 27

Translation by Julie Zhu

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