The story of Sisyphus is from Greek mythology and it tells the story of a king who dared to trick the gods, especially Zeus.

Sisyphus was a very clever man, but after bringing upon himself the wrath of the gods, he was cursed to push a boulder up a hill to the top.  Alas, every time he got to the top, the boulder would roll back down to the bottom of the hill and he was forced to repeat the exercise for eternity.

Just imagine, every day pushing a boulder up a hill and then seeing it roll down the hill.  Up, down, up, down.  How futile and meaningless?

It sounds sad, but it what so many of us do as well, especially in our careers.

Go to work, turn on your computer, send some emails, look busy, do nothing of genuine importance or impact and don’t act with passion or enthusiasm.

Then do it again tomorrow.

And the next day.

And the next day

And then it’s Friday.  Woohoo!  Something to look forward to.  2 days of no boulder pushing.

And then it’s Monday and the cycle begins again.  For 40+ years.  For 100,000 hours.

What a shame.

You are better than that.

You have talents and abilities that are designed to make a difference.  Surely there’s something that you can get excited about and that gets the heart racing.

You probably don’t even have to change your job to break the Sisyphus curse.

Just don’t go to work as if it’s a drudgery.

Go with enthusiasm.

Find a way to help those around you.

Remember what your strengths are and put them into action.

Don’t be a clone, be unique.

Act with purpose.

The age of the factories is dead, but we don’t act like it is.

The knowledge age is here, embrace it and break the cycle of futility.

And remember, no-one will do it for you!

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