matt grant

contribution

Finding the work you should be doing doesn’t come from being told what to do. It’s not about simply doing the task you’ve been assigned.

It isn’t even about just doing your own thing, thinking that you’re right.

You have to ask what your contribution should be.

Given the current situation, what can I do that is useful?

Considering my strengths, resources and values, what am I best placed to contribute?

Perhaps most importantly, you have to ask whether what you’re doing actually makes a difference. Yes you might learn something, but you have use that knowledge to create something meaningful. It isn’t about you.

So what are you going to do?

More thoughts on this subject in Managing Oneself.