The book the happiness hypothesis talks about fulfillment in relation to our work. there are three ways most people approach their work: as a job, a career or a calling.
What’s a job? you do it for the money. you watch the clock and dream about the weekend. Friday gets you excited. you likely pursue hobbies which satisfy your needs more so than your work.
What’s a career? you have high goals. you seek promotion and prestige. you seek status.
What’s a calling? your work is intrinsically fulfilling. you’re passionately following that which lights your fire within. you do it because it is meaningful and you’re not doing it to achieve anything else. it seems obvious to you that you’re contributing to the greater good. you frequently experience “flow” and sometimes don’t know what day or time it is. it doesn’t matter. you’ll continue to work, perhaps without pay, if you suddenly become very wealthy.
What kind of work do you do? what kind of work do you want to do?