The four most common occupations in the United States are retail worker, office clerk, food preparer/server (including fast food), and cashier. While these are all good jobs, it feels pretty fair to say that they are not necessarily peoples' callings or what they fantasized about doing when they were little kids. So what do you do if you find yourself working a job that just doesn't feel that obviously or immediately meaningful to you?
According to a new article by the Harvard Business Review, there's actually a lot you can do to counteract that kind of malaise. Basically, the way to do it is to constantly think of your work as giving. Giving customers the food they need to eat, giving shoppers a great retail experience, giving the people buying at the store you work in an easy and pleasant experience etc. Another way to find meaning is to constantly focus on the big mission of the company. Do you work at McDonald's? Maybe thinking of the mission as striving to serve the most people the best fast food possible, will help you with the daily grind.
The article cites the perfect example of this type of thinking. In 1962, President Kennedy visited NASA and ran into a janitor. When he asked the janitor what his job was the janitor replied, "I'm helping put a man on the moon."
The point is, not everyone has a burning passion or finds their true calling, but all work is meaningful. It just might take reframing it to really understand and know what that meaning is.