Buddha, Freud, Jung & More for Freelance Workers

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The rise of freelancing online has increased flexibility in where, when, and for how much we work for many people. When it comes to the “why” of work, or what it means to individuals beyond just making ends meet, not much has changed throughout the years. Innovative new approaches to labour are being developed by freelancers on entrepreneurial platforms like Fiverr.com. Several service delivery models are developed to benefit both the “worker/entrepreneurs” and their clients.

It is helpful to remember the words of the wisest among us at times of societal transition or anytime individuals must navigate on their own. How should we think about work, given that one’s outlook determines so much of one’s final success or failure?


So, what exactly do the psychiatrists of depth psychology recommend?


Sigmund Freud, the most famous psychologist of the twentieth century, once said, “Love and labour are the pillars of our humanness.” You can’t beat the combination of a fulfilling romantic relationship with a successful professional career. As opposed to being something we have to do out of reluctance, Freud saw labour as fundamental to who we are as human beings. He believed that the significance of labour in our lives was unparalleled by anything other than love. Shouldn’t there be a way to resolve the inherent tension between those two tenets


Love in the workplace is confined in contemporary societies. Relationships between coworkers are disruptive. Tense emotions make doing business difficult. Businesses value stability and regularity. We have to leave the people and things we do love every day because we have to go to work, and for too many of us, “work” is that forced agony.


It’s a huge win that you were able to make peace amongst those elements. Consider your ideal partnership in the workplace and in love. What kind of employment would you enjoy doing if you could do it for a living? Freelancers are at the forefront of the movement to reconcile Freud’s seemingly contradictory ideas. That can only be achieved by engaging in meaningful work.


Dr. Carl Jung, the most renowned psychologist of our century, summed up a matter of the heart as an equation: “the least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the biggest of things without it.” That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with love, to do work that matters, and even to enjoy life’s lighter pursuits. This explains why some individuals may thrive with very little, while others who have much more often feel their lives are pointless and unhappy despite their abundance.


People might be motivated to achieve their full potential by both success and failure.


Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her rich and really epic portrayals of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces,” Pearl S. Buck is widely considered one of the greatest writers of all time. To find joy in work is to uncover the spring of youth, she said, making history as the first American woman to receive the award. One method to identify “good work” with the potential to invigorate, challenge, and rejuvenate is to seek out its inherent pleasure.


The lack of employment is analogous to a “fountain of ageing.” Retired males often do not fare well or live for very long. Bad occupations that are at least familiar might delay decline. One research by the Federal Reserve indicated that the probability of suicide for the jobless is 72 percent higher than that of the employed. Suicide rates were high across all age groups, including pensioners and those on leave from employment. Our society wouldn’t be possible without work. The common ground of our profession is what holds our group together. To put it bluntly, having a job decreases our likelihood of suicide by 72 percent.


In addition to keeping you alive, doing work that you enjoy also gives you a renewed sense of purpose in life. Florida is not the location of the fabled fountain of youth. Renewal is found in giving and receiving love and in performing the life-work that you feel pulled, attracted, excited, called, destiny, or just plain “fortunate” to be doing.


“Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is hollow without it,” Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, once said. Learning why you’re here adds depth to your life. Having a feeling of purpose in life and doing work that you enjoy are two psychological cornerstones of well-being.


Even amid the constructed hell of Hitler’s death camps, Viktor Frankl believed that having meaning and purpose made all the difference in his survival. Frankl lost his mother, brother, and wife to the concentration camps. Not only did he make it through, but he went on to teach and inspire others, eventually penning a book that has helped millions of people: “Man’s Search for Meaning.”


Having access to motivational direction broadens our understanding of what it means to work.


Thankfully, there has been dreary labour for as long as there has been wisdom about it. What lasts has tremendous worth. We refer to the activities we engage in as “work” in the modern day. The Sufi poet Rumi said it best over a thousand years ago: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” And that, my friends, is the success formula that is being rediscoverd in the present day. Let the grace of your passions inform your work.


Buddhist “right livelihood” teaches that one should seek out a profession that doesn’t damage others and that one should be aware of the far-reaching and immediate consequences of one’s chosen means of subsistence. The Buddha gives some cosmic career advice: “Your task is to discover your profession, and then, with all your heart, to commit yourself to it.”


Discovering what you want to achieve in the world is the first step toward really achieving it. Locate your employment; you are not told to find work. Finding your calling reveals your true calling and the task you were born to undertake. There is another option, but you should probably consider if you’ll actually use those health benefits before making your decision.


Even though the Taoist wisdom of the I Ching (Sarah Dening edition) isn’t exactly “career advice” from two thousand years ago, it does include some sound guidance.


People’s beliefs about what is right have a hypnotic and conditioning effect on us. Finding and adhering to your core principles is essential to your development. Happiness is impossible to achieve if your daily routine is at odds with who you really are. Living in peace with oneself is of utmost importance. Then everything in your life will fall into place perfectly. Finding (or making, if necessary) a means to accomplish something that you enjoy is maybe the best way to live in peace with yourself.


Attitude is the most important factor once you have discovered your vocation or sensed your calling. As a conclusion, here is the approach to labour that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated for: If a guy is destined to sweep streets, he should do it with the same passion and dedication that Michelangelo painted, Beethoven made music, or Shakespeare penned poetry. When he passes away, everyone in the universe should take a moment to reflect, “Here lived a magnificent street sweeper who did his job well.”


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