When you believe in the work you do, it’s like a drug. Addictive.

Doing work I believe in gives me a sense of purpose that I’m lacking elsewhere. It provides positive feedback, and makes me feel needed.

And yet, somehow, no achievement is ever enough. I’m addicted to wanting more. Why? 

“Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” — Jean Kilbourne

In my case, I wonder – did I become so reliant on being praised for my work that I feel restless and unfulfilled if I don’t receive it?

And can I ever get enough?

Here I’m going to note down some questions to myself, to reflect on. I’m sharing so you can reflect too, if you like.

  • How can you do less of the work you don’t care about, and concentrate on the work you do?

  • How can you teach yourself to separate your self-worth from the work you do?
  • How can you figure out when you’ve done enough?

I don’t have any answers with this post. But I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment, and let me know what you think.

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