The Meaning Manifesto: Why Work Needs to Have a Purpose

Frank Martela

Author: Frank Martela

Published: 2023

Publisher: World rights available!

Genre: Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Reading material:

English proposal and sample chapters

Are you ready to experience meaningful work and make it possible? Start your journey with this book!

  • A revolutionary, mind-blowing book by Finland’s #1 internationally bestselling non-fiction author!
  • Martela’s previous title, A WONDERFUL LIFE, has been sold to 30 countries!
  • Making work meaningful is a moral issue, a well-being issue, and a performance issue!

Work occupies a more central role in our lives than just a way of making ends meet. At best, work fills our lives with meaningfulness, making our whole existence more worth living. At worst, it is a desperate toil that alienates us from who we are and what’s good in life. In modern knowledge work requiring expertise and self-management, innovativeness and productivity require commitment and high-quality motivation – key benefits that meaningfulness can offer.

How, then, can we make work more meaningful? In principle, the recipe for meaningful work is surprisingly simple: do personally interesting and engaging things, while making a positive contribution to other people. However, making that into reality is the tough part. Here, the book will offer you key tools, mindsets, and strategies to make both your own work and the work of those around you more meaningful.

The book relies on the author’s extensive research into meaningful work combined with examples of vanguard individuals and companies around the world that are making a new, more meaningful world of work a reality. Along the way we meet entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, and politicians making their mark as forerunners of work with a purpose.

“In the human quest to understand what our lives mean. Frank Martela is a leading explorer, adventurer, and scholar. His research is important and informative, the questions he asks are vital and thought-provoking, and his knowledge of the field is unsurpassed. I am excited to read the book he is proposing to write.”

– Prof. Michael F. Steger, Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University

About author

Frank Martela

Professor Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.


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Frank Martela

The Meaning Manifesto: Why Work Needs to Have a Purpose

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