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ABC Resolution: eX libris

eX libris

What if the book of different work was the book of You?

Pasted on the inside cover of old books was a bookplate, the ex libris, denoting “from the library of…” Bookplates bore this Latin motto and the owner’s name, accompanied by an image of personal significance. More than a stamp of property, the bookplate implied ownership of the knowledge and wisdom within, proudly representing the act of learning.

We have lost this sense of satisfaction in acquiring knowledge rather than just data. Correspondingly, we have lost this same sense of conscious intent for business. We go after degrees rather than education and jobs and careers rather than fulfilling work. No child dreams of growing up to be an employee. They dream of doing meaningful work that has a sense of purpose, accomplishment and earns a living too.

Meaningful work can be found in any number of places and any number of ways. This work can be done by hand, with machines, tools, indoors, outside, as physical labor and mental exercise. Good personal work can be done for someone or oneself, for profit, non-profit or no profit.

To regain the desire and love for work, start understanding your relationship to work. Make a personal bookplate for your library of work. Design your own eX libris honoring the work you have done and want to do. Then create an image that speaks to you. Put this all together for your unique eX Libris and paste it in the front of all your work books.

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