I have always had trouble with jobs and work that are strictly a means to an end. Go to work and perform the same tasks everyday, only to see that the work you perform is just helpful for that day. I worked for Whole Foods in prepared foods, and I would prepare food for the morning and make the same things, only to see them all eaten and the task needs to be performed again the next day. I mean, its good that the food gets eaten, but all of my goals were very short term, without any lasting impact. That lasting impact, I feel, is what give work a sense of accomplishment.
At the same time, I took over a tiny hobby business called Denver Handmade Homemade, and I quickly realized that every action I made regarding the business is shaping the business itself. I am the face and voice of it, and the decisions I make, either short term or long term, were what made Denver "HAHO" what it is as a company.. I really like that feeling, and its helps me to stay motivated in order to perform good work and to constantly challenge myself.
The challenge of course is to go from having tasks and timelines set for you, to you yourself outlining all of that, and to build a vision from nothing. It can be difficult to navigate sometimes, and I am looking forward to seeing what I can learn from this course.