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If your work is boring and crappy, you're probably giving it no more than 30% of what you're capable of. This is going to sound cliche but it really works: make a passion out of pursuing excellence in your work. I've turned many mundane projects into interesting, educational experiences by going deeper into the work rather than simply getting the job done. Over time, I accumulated domain expertise that I never imagined I would. I've grown personally and professionally for it. Work isn't just about getting things done. Do better work. Make better things.

I guess you can say this is one application of Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning", which I recommend you read if you haven't -- or re-reading if it's been a long while!

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