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Simon Sinek on How to Find Fulfillment at Work

July 22, 2014 11 Comments
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Gallup studies show that nearly 90% of workers feel disengaged and unfulfilled at work.

Simon Sinek, author of “Start With Why”, inspired us to create this video which include Simon commentating on how true fulfillment is found in simply wanting to help somebody else expecting NOTHING in return.

We hope it gives new meaning to your Monday.

“Do you know how we get fulfillment?


Fulfillment | from Electrik on Vimeo.

You can be happy because you did things at work, you can be proud because you did things at work, you can be excited because you had a big success at work, but you know how you feel fulfilled at work?

When you do something for someone else. It’s the only way we get that feeling.

You know why the statistics say that over 90% of people don’t feel fulfilled by the work they do?

It’s not because of the job, it’s not because of the pay, it’s not because of the benefits. It’s because we don’t help each other anymore. We sit in our cubes and we work. When we turn to somebody, it’s because we need something or we need to get something. We don’t put ourselves out there simply for no other reason than to help somebody else.

You know what generosity is?

Generosity is doing something for somebody else expecting nothing in return. At no point ever.

It’s not an equation. It’s designed to help you feel good, because when we are in groups and when we’re surrounded by people who believe what we believe, trust emerges and our very survival and progress goes up.

Make it about them, not about you. The fact of the matter is 100% of customers are people, and 100% of clients are people, and 100% of employees are people. I don’t care how good your product is, I don’t care how good your marketing is, I don’t care how good your design is…if you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.

We are social animals. We are human beings, and our survival depends on our ability to form trusting relationships. My question is ‘What are you doing to help the person next to you?’

Don’t you want to wake up and go to work for the only reason that you can do something good for someone else? Wouldn’t you want them to do that for you?”

- Simon Sinek

About the Author:

Paul Sohn is an organizational chiropractor, purpose weaver, and kingdom-minded catalyst. Paul currently serves at The Boeing Company as a LEAN practitioner, providing expertise in continuous improvement initiatives, building high-performing teams and processes to create effective organizations. Paul also serves as an organizational consultant and Board Director at the Portland Leadership Foundation. He is writing his forthcoming book on how to live intentionally as a twenty-something. Paul received a Bachelor of Commerce degree at University of British Columbia in 2010. Above all, Paul’s vision is to turn the world upside down by equipping, connecting, and transforming emerging Christian leaders and organizations.
  • Paul Jolicoeur

    What a great video! Thank you for sharing Paul.

    • Paul Sohn

      Clearly, the values are aligned with my faith. Felt so profound after watching the video. Thanks for stopping by, Paul!

  • Lynn Hare

    God’s plan for the marketplace + His DNA in me = Kingdom-minded service, for the businesses He creates & grows; for the prospects & customers I have the privilege of hanging out with; for the readers of blogs & periodical articles I have the privilege of reaching. THEY always enrich ME more than I could possibly add value to them. It’s that backwards-upside-down Kingdom thing going on.

    • Paul Sohn

      Love what you said here Lynn: God’s plan for the marketplace + His DNA in me = Kingdom-minded service

      We need to schedule another time shortly for us to reconvene soon at your place! Let me know what works.

  • Chandler Crawford

    Wow, what a video. Awesome stuff. Thanks for sharing that, Paul. I’ll be passing that a long for sure.

    • Paul Sohn

      Thanks Chandler. The more we serve, the more influence we have, thus greater fulfillment.

  • Lincoln Parks

    If you don’t understand people you don’t understand Business. I absolutely love that quote he made in the video. Doing something for someone else, and not expecting anything in return. Now that is what I am talking about. Thank you for highlighting this Paul.

    • Paul Sohn

      Thanks for sharing Lincoln. Work carries a deeper meaning and purpose when we work selflessly. When we love our neighbors as ourselves and contribute our God-given talents and gifts, we can’t help but feel fulfilled.

  • Redella Hedrick, NP

    Paul, awesome article! My job is just this. I provide primary care to a shut in population right in their home. This is a rewarding job and it allows me to show God’s love through unselfishness actions.
    I am new to the blog and your ministry. What a calling you have! Take care ALL.

    • Paul Sohn

      So blessed to be connected with you, Redella.

      Isn’t it great when we selflessly give back to others. It’s a gift.

      Looking forward to interacting with you more.

  • Tony Paluš – The Inspired Life

    Thank you for sharing this video, Paul! I love Simon’s work!