|Fulfillment@Work: OBSESSED WITH ACQUISITION
September 4, 2000
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Obsessed With Acquisition
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Tip of the Week
4. We Recommend
Obsessed With Acquisition
A subscriber recently wrote the following: "I've been thinking a lot about work and money since quitting my 'UN-dream job' in order to pursue my dream job. I've thought about the new "American way" of acquisition. We're obsessed with getting more 'stuff': more money, monster houses, bigger cars to drive, endless gadgets, bigger serving sizes of fast food and more. It's making us all greedy, discontented and selfish. We're wealthier and have more things than ever before and yet, people are unhappy than ever before. We forget that it's our job as humans to learn and expand our wisdom and compassion and to take care of one another and our world. Instead we destroy each other and our environment so that we can we can acquire more 'stuff' at the expense of everyone and everything else."
This is true. Having worked with over 2,000 people over the past few years, I have seen this so many times. There is a tremendous amount of wanting and longing in people. They're not satisfied and they crave fulfillment. However, in today's fast paced society, they seek the quick fix and short-term fulfillment from obtaining more and bigger "things." But deep down, they crave fulfillment more than all of their acquisitions.
For example, if you love creating art, the feeling of fulfillment and contentedness you get from doing that makes you happy and you have less of a need to acquire more things. This isn't a cure-all. We're always going to want and need certain material possessions and I'm not saying that we should abandon them altogether.
What I'm saying is to consider their relative importance overall in your life and consider what they may be used as a substitute for. How can you cultivate more satisfaction in your work and your life overall rather than seeking a quick fix? The answer to this question is where true fulfillment lies.
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Quotes of the Week
"Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible."
"One does not work to live; one lives to work."
~ Max Weber
"One of the saddest experiences which can come to a human being is to awaken, gray-haired and wrinkled, near the close of an unproductive career, to the fact that all through the years he as been using only a small part of himself."
~ V.W. Burrows
Tip of the Week
"Risk is what gives us the reason for such joy when we do succeed. We can learn from each experience, see the beauty along the way and really live life to its fullest, taking the good with the bad. Or we can decide not to try, not to feel, not to risk anything, numbing ourselves to the highs and lows life has to offer.
By working through this book, you've demonstrated you have the faith in yourself to reach for your dreams. No matter how long and hard the struggle, there is always hope for tomorrow. That determination will help you reach your dreams when all other resources have been tapped dry. Believe in yourself and you will succeed."
(Taken from the Define & Land Your Dream Job Workbook, written by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching.)
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