Here’s the thing.

We make reality.

We bake it, we shape it and we will it into existence through various moves and manifestations that we dream and do on a daily basis. And that is the carefully curated and collected most amazing data point of all time, it is an idea that snowballs into the great system of everything, and accumulated over thousands of hard-fought years of survival and success. It is often dis-regarded, discounted and dismissed as an ephemeral and feel-good, cotton-candy platitude that is designed to please and pacify with a mild serotonin rush.

Think again. These are the ultimate life hacks, the hidden secret of the sages, as sacred and strategic as any world domination plan.  And it makes all the difference.

And that’s a secret and simple truth that dominates this perpetual and perfect plot we call life, which is a big place. (Get used to it.)

It is a truth that seeps and soaks into the cracks of consciousness and runs through the veins of perception, all the while taking you somewhere you never thought you needed to go, but always knew you needed to be.

What if you could use some ancient advice in modern times? It seems like an impossible scenario, but let’s give this a shamanistic shot. A little well-meaning, but misplaced magic never hurt anyone.

The new information from ancient fountains of truth, floods you with tiny treasures of TAO-ist intelligence, hidden in between spaces of thank-you thoughts, and what nots, in the here and now, whim and wow. But it can’t get you into the nightclub of inner-knowledge.

We are meant to find meaning in our job.

It is a wild wisdom and viral vision, an exploding enigma that seeks to find the real you with laser like multi-dimensional hyper focus, and mantra-minded military precision.

A heat seeking missile of meaning, and YES, it will find you. Which is a good thing. Believe you me.

And you may even already know it, this ancient law of enlightenment, because you created it in the first place, but you seem to have forgotten the pass code, lost your apartment key, and damaged your philosophical and forbidden FOB.

But, that’s OK. I am here for you, and you for me, and me for you.

Theirs is an all-purpose axiom that applies to your inner-most nuanced nature, and that is something you cannot escape, no matter what people prophets and poets will tell you or what you will whisper to yourself from time to epiphany-sparked time.

OK. Let’s start a fire.

It is the paradox of TED talk proportions. And in case you didn’t already know, there is meaning in everything.

The way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you take stock of every experience that comes your way. You can either be damaged by it, or let it make you stronger, more powerful, and evolve into the Jedi you were meant to be.

This will empower you.

And this new power exists and expands with every Yogic move, embattled breath and sacred sigh, and it is our job, mine and yours, to discover that delight in the doing.

But, it is a lot of hard work. And that is good.

And the doing, has to do with what’s done when it is all done up, said and done.

WORKING FROM OM, is where we begin.

SO, if doing, is the new YOU-ing, we must first understand the various implications, manifestations and amplifications of the actions that constitute our creative epicenter of everything. It is a system, stupid.

And that means, unpacking the creaky old, out-of-fashion, devoid of passion, and embarrassingly empty suitcase of the idea of work.

Your work is mean to manifest your mind and mantra.

Ater all, and spend most of our symbolic chips in the casino of life, at its soul slot machine, proverbial poker table, and occasionally wandering off to lobby looking for love, but never really seeing what’s going on behind the scenes of sacred sights and sounds.

So, we can conclude, without being rude, that happiness is good business. But there is a philosophical flip side.

Let’s look towards the East. Hindus believe that they are born in debt to the Gods and other human beings, dharma calls for Hindus to repay this debt.

And this, the third purpose of a Hindu’s life is to seek Kama.

In simple terms, Kama can be defined as obtaining enjoyment from life. The fourth and final meaning of life according to Hinduism is Moksha, enlightenment.

In the end, what do we really know? if we study the great thinkers, builders, poets and leaders of our time, we can find that there was an inner passion, connection, and purpose between their work and their sense of meaning.

And that’s the trick.

It is about aligning your chakras with your career goals. At some point, we lost meaning in our work, where we evolved from doing something that added value to something that attracted money, and in the process we lost ourselves.

Steve Jobs probably knew this.

Spiritualize your workplace. Ritualize your morning ride. Baptize your coffee break. Make it mean something.

Once you put your heart and soul into your work and life, you will transcend, transform and triumph. And there exists the difference. Leaders know that if they inject meaning into the mantra, the universe clicks and unlocks an endless path of next levels.

Go with your God gut.


  • Paul is: a writer, past academic dean, national affairs advisor, conference founder and public broadcasting advocate.