“You work to fill a void” is a line from a terrific French TV show called Spiral in English [Engrenages in French]. Right now YouTube is the best place I know of to see it. The main character is a Type A female policewoman. The quote is how her love interest describes the way she dives into her police work to the extent of replacing other parts of her life.
How about you? Why do you work the way you do? Is it as simple as to keep a steady flow of current income or maximize future income? Apart from money does work give you things you’re missing elsewhere in your life? Or is work the only place you have any fun or spiritual fulfillment?
So here’s what to do. And this doesn’t just apply to work.
The next time you’re alone at Starbucks staring into a cup of coffee, with some time to think, ask yourself if there are any voids in your life? That is, reasonable things to want, that you know you want, or that your role model might have or do that would appeal to you. Let’s call that a void.
Now you have a void that you can strategize how to fill. You can determine for yourself what are the kinds of things you have to do at work [or elsewhere] to fill that void that you desire to fill.
One void I have is that I don’t putt very well when I’m golfing. The action I can take to fill that void is to practice. I can strategize over my cup of coffee to say I’m going to practice for five minutes in my pajamas before I shower in the a.m.
So what’s your void and what can you do to fill it?