Is what you do, just another day in the life of...?
I hope not.
For as long as I can remember, I've exhorted my creed to others -- "If it's not fun, it's not worth doing."
I'm convinced people think I'm being flippant or, at the edges, contrarian.
I'm absolutely committed to the notion that given how much of our life, our energy and our peace of mind we give to business, if we're not ripping it up each day, and feeling well...er...excited, we might as well give up right now. And when I say give up, we might as well go to sleep on the job and live at 1% of our capability.
I know most businesses don't want their people to develop beyond a certain limit (glass ceilings be damned), but that doesn't mean you have to sit at your desk bemoaning the lack of time and investment in your career. Instead, start seeing your life through the lens of the amazing opportunity that it is. Change your mindset to one of hope not despair. Stay curious. And stop putting off all those things you say you're going to do but never do. Oh sure, it's easier said than done, but to those people who are still expecting someone else to look after them either now or in later life, dream on. No one's coming to your rescue. It's down to you to make a difference, change your habits and think outside of your self-limiting box.
Trust me, if you're prepared to change your mindset from fixed to growth (if that's at all possible) then that by itself may summon your muse enough to stop you living a life of mediocrity fashioned by a life of meaningless work to one where your row the boat to your rhythm, and hopefully in the direction that will bring you more fully to life.
...at least that's what I've been trying to do for the last few years.