Question 6: What is your definition of work?

Definition? Well, let me check out the dictionary. Those guys have given this a lot of thought! Okay, okay, MY definition… I’ll give mine in a two part answer and then compare those to the top definitions on dictionary.com and urbandictionary.com (just for fun).

  1. Employment. The exertion of effort that is exchanged for payment from another individual or company.
  2. Something that should be reconsider and whenever possible replaced with PLAY or a VOCATION. As in, Play Hard, Play Hard.

Dictionary.com: (noun) exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.

Urbandictionary.com: A worldwide slave labour organisation used to control modern man and prevent independant thought from occuring in any form. This is the reason it’s much harder to make anything of yourself working in creative arts, such as acting and singing – the government sees anyone more popular than them as a threat to their power. It is also an ingenious creation to make placebos such as computers and photocopiers look important to our way of life. Some may argue that the workplace is desigend to build character and learn about teamwork…others prefer to think of it as the perfect place to practise your aiming skills as you throw ball after ball of scrunched up paper into the bin in the corner, then make a little competition out of it with fellow colleagues. As in, You are here to work, not to have fun!

Which definition do you agree with? Do you have a better one? Share in the comments below!

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Note: I’ve started a practice for the rest of 2016. Each day I will respond to a (hopefully) thought-provoking question about the development of a purpose-driven career and life. And I’ll attempt to respond in just about exactly 100 words. Brevity, clarity and honesty are the goals.

Comments are welcome here or join my “Making My Dreams Jealous” Facebook group to participate in the daily discussion.

This post was inspired by 100 Essential Questions That Will Change Your Career Path (for the Better)

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