In every single job there are situations where we’re having an impact but we don’t know what that impact is. “We don’t know the clients or the customers who benefit from our products or services. That’s true for salespeople, it’s true for engineers, very often we do work that matters to some group of people but we’re really left disconnected from knowing what is the real consequence.”
One of my favorite stories is when John F. Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.”
Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.