Not Just a Means to an End

The term means to an end refers to any action (the means) carried out for the sole purpose of achieving something else (an end). Not everybody can, or wants, to be passionate about their job. To some, a job is just a job. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

For many people work is a means to an end. Chances are your team members have a life outside the office and their work supports that life. The people who work hard for you do so with dedication and responsibility to the company, in order to support their own need for pride and self respect. Be generous with gratitude, praise and concern for their individual wellbeing. Otherwise you may not have many amazing employees around to call you boss.

For many other people, job is not just a means to an end but an interesting journey. When we talk about a job, we think about the work that we do for someone else. But when we are hired to do a job, we are simultaneously hiring the job to do a job for us, from the functional (I want to earn money!), to the emotional (I want to feel good about what I am doing!), to the social (I like who I work with and I like talking about where I work!).

Many see work as part of their overall identity, not just a means to an end, and they care about what a company has to bring to the table.

Summing-up: If you’re doing what you love, then you’ll never work a day in your life. Not sure that’s completely accurate, but finding fulfillment and purpose in your work sure makes it feel like less of a burden and not just a means to an end.

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