I love Dilbert comics and believe that many of Scott Adams’ work has come to describe life as we know it better than many other things.
I enjoy it for their painfully true statements about corporate and professional life as well as the commentary on universal things like purpose, friendship, loss, and hope.
This one strip though got me going a bit as I read it over a few times. I hope it did the same for you.
Dilbert is unfortunately wrong here but it is not entirely his fault – he was born into this environment and luck will most likely not be on his side as he will surely die in this environment as well.
It is not his bosses’ job to craft nor declare the meaning of the work that Dilbert pursues. It is Dilbert’s own responsibility.
Unfortunately, many of us are victims of this backward thinking and overtime we realize that our hope lies solely on the shoulders of those that manage us or the “powers” that send us an automated paycheck every 2 weeks.
That’s unfortunate and tragically your thinking around this dynamic is much less about your disloyalty to the organization as it is an expression of your own disloyalty to yourself. You have forgotten how unique and special you are and how you have a much greater purpose to fulfill than what you might believe.
It’s time to take back a little bit of your own independence. How fitting that I actually found time to write this post out on July 4th, 2013, where we as a nation celebrate our own independence from the British Empire.
It’s time to live a little for a greater cause, a much greater good. Perhaps as you slump back to your desk tomorrow (or Monday) you’ll contemplate your own freedom to pursue something that your passionate about and you’ll then go do something about it.