What is meaningful work?

To get meaningful work, do not just look for money or motivation. Do research on yourself and the world.
Consider five different aspects of what can make a job meaningful: 1. Make money 2. Achieve status 3. Make a difference 4. Follow your passions, and 5. Use your talents. If we let having income and status, and the dichotomy of passion and talent rest a little. Then you are left with considering “something to live for”. You should concentrate on finding a cause that is meaningful to you and those who enjoy your work. But what project should you choose to pursue for all the reasons you can engage in?
To find a vocation, look at what you like and have enjoyed doing, combined with what you are good at and have been good at in the past. As a kid, I was always making something. I enjoyed drawing, sculpting in clay and making wooden figurines. I was constructing anything with carpentry. I also spent a lot of time creating a magazine called “The Courier” where I wrote about things that occupied me, drew all the pictures and made the layout. Friends and neighbours bought some copies. It was clear even then that I was pretty good at making things.
Finding a vocation
Author and founder Scott Young disagrees with conventional wisdom about how people develop a mission in life. “Trying to predict your calling in life can derail the more natural process of building that calling.” He says that having too much conviction in one outcome can force you to persevere. It also cuts off all other options - including those that may be better for you. Shawn Askinosie, the founder of Askinosie Chocolate, advises not to look for “what I should do with my life” by doing endless research.
To find things you can work with, it is important to have some guides to know that your choices are reasonable. Then it is wise to look back on childhood or memorable projects to get a broader perspective. What were the activities you really cared about? Was it the need to be creative and create something? Or the feeling the materials I was working on gave me? Did I wonder how the different media worked? Now some criteria for my work include the values of creativity, perception and curiosity.
Another way to get ideas about what to do and what you are good at is to ask people who know you about your strengths and weaknesses. Conducting a small survey of friends and family confirmed that they think I am creative. Several of them were concerned that I was not necessarily the best at assessing the needs of others. Not that they felt I was not nice, but that I was too much in my head. This has triggered me to believe that work that helps people is the main criterion for my pursuit.
Clarifying our thoughts on where our priorities lie can help us develop a personal vision of what meaningful work looks like.
–Roman Krznaric 
Meeting needs makes you happy
If you find a need where you have talent, it may become your vocation. There are many problems to solve. A good way to start is to search among the talents that your memory and your friends revealed and match them with a problem in the world. Where interests, skills, and opportunities overlap, you will find the beginning of your vocation in life. If you give, life always gives back to you. A study conducted at the University of British Columbia showed that those who had spent money on others reported they felt much happier than those who had spent it on themselves.
It is not sustainable to just think about the needs of others. You need to take care of yourself as well. If you are going to give, you have to be strong yourself. We cannot share with others a resource that we ourselves lack. Is it possible to be too empathetic? Yes, if a negative emotion you pick up from others becomes something you also feel in your body and it hurts you. If you notice the emotions and then let them go, it is not possible to be too empathetic.
You may not be sure of your passions and talents yet, but the focus gives you a driving force. Satisfaction depends not only on having goals but on having the right goals. By only seeking more money or greater external validation, may make you unhappy. If you are concerned with just making money and thinking of yourself, it means that there is less room in your life for empathy. Empathy not only makes you happy, but it also gives you a direction in life. This is a reward in itself.
Act first, reflect later
The motivation started by empathy can develop your commitment and your knowledge, and be the starting point for your research. To find the work, experience several ways of working. Emma Rosen was in her mid-twenties. A year into her first job, she felt like she was at a dead end. She was unsure of what to do, so she tried twenty-five different jobs until her twenty-fifth birthday. During her twenty-five job odyssey, Emma stumbled upon the most significant insights that have emerged in recent decades of research into career change: experience first and reflection later.
Causes where you can make a difference
From the work experiences, instigated by your general interests, you can find a direction you can follow. Try out different work through internships, interviewing professionals, or simply by working (as Emma Rosen did). The combination of introspection and what you might call “brainstorming in work experience” will give you strong ideas about the direction you can follow to investigate causes where you can make a difference. Your strong desire to work with something else, do what you do differently, or just get a new attitude to what you do can be answered.
By experiencing work, you will feel if it is something you like and if it engages your skills. Now is the time to find work that the world needs.

1. Look back at your life and try to find cases where you forgot time and place while working. 

2. Run a small survey among people who have worked with you, or who know you very well. What are the strengths they believe you bring to the work you do?

Rosen, Emma. The Radical Sabbatical: The Millennial Handbook to the Quarter Life Crisis