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Two Contrasting Notions of
Work:
Work as Economic Necessity:
Paid labor. Wage or salaried
employment . Something you do
solely for monetary and/or
material...
Work as Creative Activity:
Developing and practically
engaging
one’s natural abilities in beneficial
social, economic, pol...
Economic necessity of work needs no
justification. Increasingly, however, this
concept of work is being blamed for a
varie...
Growing interest in work as Creative Activity
seems to reflect its appeal to basic and
inherent human tendencies, includin...
Here’s a selection of provocative
insights, intriguing perspectives, and
alternative proposals brought together to
encoura...
“Man fulfills himself
in work;
properly challenged,
he will strive for
higher goals than
ease or leisure.”
(Anonymous)
“I’m looking for
something more
than money out of
my work. I expect
deep fulfillment and
a little fun too.”
(Anonymous Cor...
“We are predisposed to think that
employment cannot be enjoyable. Work
is work – that is why you get paid for it.
…We have...
“When work is
soulless, life stifles
and dies.”
-Albert Camus
“Some organizations are only dealing
with the economic need of people ...
That’s why everybody is looking
elsewhere to mee...
“Find a way to
express what
moves you.”
-Mihaly
Csikszentmihalyi
“A pay check is
not enough to
base one’s self-
respect on.”
-Peter F. Drucker
“Work has more to do with the heart
than we have been led to believe …
We are best motivated to work not by
being pushed i...
“What work is the universe asking of us at this
time? What work is the Earth asking of us at
this time? What work are the ...
“Dissatisfaction, apathy, boredom, lack
of joy and happiness, a sense of futility
and a vague feeling that life is
meaning...
“All social functions are equally
necessary, and those that
perform them are hence equally
deserving
of respect.”
-Jonatha...
“What seems different in yourself;
that’s the
rare thing you possess. The one thing
that gives each of us his worth, and
t...
“Just as there are
unemployed men,
there is also the
unemployed self.”
-Alvin Gouldner
“Most workers
believe in the
validity of the very
arrangements that
waste their lives.”
-Alvin Gouldner
“The quest for meaning and purpose
is becoming a central focus for many.
… Increasingly, many are finding that
it is no lo...
“Creative work is
the closest
anyone has ever
come to defining
the meaning of
life.”
-Willis Harman
and John Hormann
“Without some cause in which to lose
themselves, some creed in which to
find themselves, or some loved object
of value for...
“What do I care
about so much
that I would pay
to do it?”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn
“You can’t buy people’s commitment ...
with ringing bells, thank you notes, or
plaques. ... Overall organizational
effecti...
“Those who play
for applause,
that’s all they
get.”
-Elias Marsalis
“Work is not the secular enterprise the
modern world assumes it is. … Work
affects the soul profoundly … speaks to
the sou...
“Finding the right
work is like
discovering your
own soul in the
world.”
-Thomas Moore
“We have spent billions in training
programs trying to change people to fit
jobs and virtually nothing to change
jobs to f...
“Everyone must learn to believe in
… something so deeply that life is
charged with meaning and a sense
of mission.”
-John ...
“Do you show up to work more for the
paycheck or more for the passion,
because
you love what you are doing?”
-Ricky Rainbo...
“You must find a
goal that drives
you despite the
dangers.”
-Robert Scott Root-
Bernstein
“Do what makes
your heart
leap.”
-Jonas Salk
“The modern world takes a lot of care
that the worker’s body should not
accidentally or otherwise be damaged.
If it is dam...
“You can’t mandate motivation.
You can’t force people to enjoy
what they’re doing. Your can’t
bring in an external person ...
“If corporations want dedication, if they
want employees to invest their energy
and time, they have to pay them with
somet...
“If it doesn’t
absorb you, if it
isn’t any fun,
don’t do it.”
-Logan Pearsall
Smith
“Few men enjoy what they do to earn a
living, and those who do are fortunate
no matter how little they make.”
-Philip Van ...
“Do not hire a man
who does your
work for money,
but him who does
it for love
of it.”
-Henry David
“Most people are looking for a calling,
not a job; but, unfortunately, are
saddled
with jobs that are too small for their
...
“Life’s ultimate meaning, reason, purpose.”
“Deeply fulfilling part of everyday life.”
“Activity that gives the greates...
What Local, National, or Global
Issue, or Cause:
Deeply moves you?
Makes you feel “this must be the
reason why I was bor...
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  1. 1. Two Contrasting Notions of Work:
  2. 2. Work as Economic Necessity: Paid labor. Wage or salaried employment . Something you do solely for monetary and/or material reward – to earn a living.
  3. 3. Work as Creative Activity: Developing and practically engaging one’s natural abilities in beneficial social, economic, political, and/or ecological activities – including paid jobs, hobbies, charity, etc.
  4. 4. Economic necessity of work needs no justification. Increasingly, however, this concept of work is being blamed for a variety of psychological and social problems, including:
  5. 5. Growing interest in work as Creative Activity seems to reflect its appeal to basic and inherent human tendencies, including:
  6. 6. Here’s a selection of provocative insights, intriguing perspectives, and alternative proposals brought together to encourage and expand meaningful public and global conversations about earning a living and, simultaneously:
  7. 7. “Man fulfills himself in work; properly challenged, he will strive for higher goals than ease or leisure.” (Anonymous)
  8. 8. “I’m looking for something more than money out of my work. I expect deep fulfillment and a little fun too.” (Anonymous Corporation Executive)
  9. 9. “We are predisposed to think that employment cannot be enjoyable. Work is work – that is why you get paid for it. …We have grown to feel that doing what you want, whether frivolous or deeply spiritual, is personal and doesn’t belong in the category of work, Right? Wrong.” -Lucy Anderson
  10. 10. “When work is soulless, life stifles and dies.” -Albert Camus
  11. 11. “Some organizations are only dealing with the economic need of people ... That’s why everybody is looking elsewhere to meet their other needs and make more meaningful contributions.” -Stephen R. Covey
  12. 12. “Find a way to express what moves you.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  13. 13. “A pay check is not enough to base one’s self- respect on.” -Peter F. Drucker
  14. 14. “Work has more to do with the heart than we have been led to believe … We are best motivated to work not by being pushed into it or by outside compensation, but by inner desire.” -Matthew Fox
  15. 15. “What work is the universe asking of us at this time? What work is the Earth asking of us at this time? What work are the other species asking of us at this time? What work are the youth asking of us? What work are the future generations of humans asking of us? What work are our hearts asking of us? We don’t need just any kind of work or any kind of job at this moment in history. What we need is the right work for the right times.” -Matthew Fox
  16. 16. “Dissatisfaction, apathy, boredom, lack of joy and happiness, a sense of futility and a vague feeling that life is meaningless, are the unavoidable results of alienated work.” -Erich Fromm
  17. 17. “All social functions are equally necessary, and those that perform them are hence equally deserving of respect.” -Jonathan Gershuny
  18. 18. “What seems different in yourself; that’s the rare thing you possess. The one thing that gives each of us his worth, and that’s just what we try to suppress. And we claim to love life.” -Andre Gide
  19. 19. “Just as there are unemployed men, there is also the unemployed self.” -Alvin Gouldner
  20. 20. “Most workers believe in the validity of the very arrangements that waste their lives.” -Alvin Gouldner
  21. 21. “The quest for meaning and purpose is becoming a central focus for many. … Increasingly, many are finding that it is no longer enough to ‘have a job,’ or even a ‘career.’ Such people are looking for deeper meaning in their lives.” -Willis Harman and John Hormann
  22. 22. “Creative work is the closest anyone has ever come to defining the meaning of life.” -Willis Harman and John Hormann
  23. 23. “Without some cause in which to lose themselves, some creed in which to find themselves, or some loved object of value for which to sacrifice themselves, men live lives without point and purpose.” -Cyril E. M. Joad
  24. 24. “What do I care about so much that I would pay to do it?” -Jon Kabat-Zinn
  25. 25. “You can’t buy people’s commitment ... with ringing bells, thank you notes, or plaques. ... Overall organizational effectiveness and efficiency depend on employees’ personal dedication and sense of responsibility.” -James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  26. 26. “Those who play for applause, that’s all they get.” -Elias Marsalis
  27. 27. “Work is not the secular enterprise the modern world assumes it is. … Work affects the soul profoundly … speaks to the soul at many different levels. … [It] is the source of meaning and identity, the roots of which lie beyond human intention and interpretation.” -Thomas Moore
  28. 28. “Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world.” -Thomas Moore
  29. 29. “We have spent billions in training programs trying to change people to fit jobs and virtually nothing to change jobs to fit people.” -Jeffrey Parker
  30. 30. “Everyone must learn to believe in … something so deeply that life is charged with meaning and a sense of mission.” -John Powell
  31. 31. “Do you show up to work more for the paycheck or more for the passion, because you love what you are doing?” -Ricky Rainbolt
  32. 32. “You must find a goal that drives you despite the dangers.” -Robert Scott Root- Bernstein
  33. 33. “Do what makes your heart leap.” -Jonas Salk
  34. 34. “The modern world takes a lot of care that the worker’s body should not accidentally or otherwise be damaged. If it is damaged, the worker may claim compensation. But his soul and his spirit? If his work damages him by reducing him to a robot – that is just too bad.” -E. F. Schumacher
  35. 35. “You can’t mandate motivation. You can’t force people to enjoy what they’re doing. Your can’t bring in an external person to hype up a group of people and motivate them, then leave and expect the people to stay motivated.” -Marsha Sinetar
  36. 36. “If corporations want dedication, if they want employees to invest their energy and time, they have to pay them with something more than money. Because the money exchange just doesn’t work anymore. People are not slaves to the dollar and will no longer work as material slaves. This seems to be a tremendous revolution in consciousness.”
  37. 37. “If it doesn’t absorb you, if it isn’t any fun, don’t do it.” -Logan Pearsall Smith
  38. 38. “Few men enjoy what they do to earn a living, and those who do are fortunate no matter how little they make.” -Philip Van Daren Stein
  39. 39. “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” -Henry David
  40. 40. “Most people are looking for a calling, not a job; but, unfortunately, are saddled with jobs that are too small for their spirit.” -Nora Watson
  41. 41. “Life’s ultimate meaning, reason, purpose.” “Deeply fulfilling part of everyday life.” “Activity that gives the greatest joy and happiness.” “The ultimate source of meaning and fulfillment.” “The ultimate seduction.”
  42. 42. What Local, National, or Global Issue, or Cause: Deeply moves you? Makes you feel “this must be the reason why I was born, and why I am here?”

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