About

Lee Var’s mission:

PROVIDE WORKERS WITH TOOLS AND INSPIRATION THEY NEED

TO MAKE THE IMPACT THEY SEEK

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Below, discover the following sections:

– About you

– Lee Var’s origins (How and why the company was founded)

– Lee Var, the name

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ABOUT YOU

You don’t have what it takes”, “You’re too _____” or “You’re not good enough”.

This is what you keep hearing, over and over, about you.

The words (used) might be different. The statements (made) might be more polite.

Still, whoever is blaming you for “being you” usually does so with a clear intention in mind:

To convince you that “You better fit in (the mold), put who you are aside, and never complain. Because this is how things work. Whether you want to get a job or anything else in life.”

I get you. I too have a problem with molds and common beliefs like “You’ve got to fit in, if you want to succeed (or make a living). Otherwise, you can’t.

A belief that gets “those who try to build their work life by it” to lose interest in their job and become disengaged (at work), over time.

Up to the point where they say: “I feel like a cog. I don’t have the heart and head to keep doing this (doing my job) anymore”.

Worse, where they start believing both their job and lives are insignificant, meaningless.

It’s not a sustainable way for anyone to live their lives.

Even more when what you seek is to make an impact. Like you probably do.

That’s why, at Lee Var, we make it our Mission to: Provide workers with tools and inspiration they need to make the impact they seek.

In case you doubt having what it takes – to make an impact – consider this:

If you have an imagination and a will that can be fired up, “making an impact” is in you.

Now, the question is, do you believe you’re ripe enough to bust some limiting beliefs and start making your impact?

If so, let’s make it happen. Together.

(Please check the “Tools” section for more details on how Lee Var can help you)

Patrick “Di Mellon”

Lee Var’s founder

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LEE VAR’S ORIGINS

There I was, sitting on a chair, in this corporate office. Feeling dazed by this rush of thoughts and emotions I was experiencing, all of a sudden.

BEING A GOOD EMPLOYEE WASN’T ENOUGH

I had been with this company for more than two years. I didn’t really like my job. In part, because the work itself (not my colleagues) felt pointless, meaningless. Despite that, every day I was trying to do the best work I could. In some way, it paid off.

Enough to manage the largest team of that call center (where I was working). On top of hearing an “Overall, you’re doing a very good job. We’re satisfied of you. Just keep doing what you do” at each of my past annual performance reviews, for instance.

But that day, in that office, the story was different.

My boss was sitting right across me, his face still red. Waiting for some reaction on my part, to what he had just yelled at me. Literally.

But we don’t care if you almost got sick

from doing this type of work at your previous job!

For me, you’re only a resource (!),

and you’ll do what I ask you to do.

If not, you’ll have to find yourself work elsewhere!

This is why I was stunned. I just couldn’t believe what I had just heard. “This is what he really thinks of me?

It showed how he didn’t care about what I had told him a few weeks earlier. About why I wanted to pass on the company’s offer – to supervise all market researches, on top of having to keep managing my sales team.

Now, all that my boss wanted was a “cog”. One that would “fit” in the small box he had drawn in his head.

Being a good or even a very good employee wasn’t enough.

That’s what I understood right at that moment.

My boss wanted someone who would do as he’s (or she’s) told. Without ever saying a word, raising a concern or making a complaint.

Even if, for the concerned employee, it meant losing all sense of self-respect and self-worth, over time. And feeling miserable and worthless, as a result.

To get that much compliance and self-denial from anyone, my boss was willing to do anything.

Even forcing a person into a corner, by using threats, hoping to get what he wanted. Like he was precisely doing with me, that day.

So there I was. Sitting on that chair, already unhappy with my job, and now being pushed to make this hard decision; fit in a mold, become a complete cog and feel totally miserable every day for it, or lose my job and stop making a living.

What do I do? Do I put my head down and settle or not?

I started to doubt, thinking: “I’m not sure I have what it takes to…”.

Almost immediately I heard a resounding “That’s enough!” coming up from my guts. “You’re worth more than this!

In a very clear but calm way, I then said to my boss: “What you just told me? It’s not how things are gonna work. I don’t have to settle for any of this”.

I wanted more.

More out of this job. More out of any job, actually. More out of “working”, in general.

What exactly? I didn’t know. But “being treated like a cog, not a person” was definitely not part of “it”.

For sure my boss couldn’t provide me the “more” I was now looking for. Whatever this “more” was.

So I quit.

I WASN’T THE ONLY PERSON WANTING TO GET “MORE” OUT OF WORKING

Sharing what I had gone through with a few close friends and some relatives, I heard what they had to say about their own work situation.

As it turned out, I wasn’t the only person in the room seeking to get “something more” out of working. The vast majority of those I discussed with were looking for that same thing.

How did I know?

Because whoever I was listening to, the same comments kept coming back. One person after another.

I feel like a cog at work.”

 “I’m capable of doing my job… but sometimes, actually often, I feel like I’m wasting, both, my time and my potential, there.”

I wish my job mattered. That it didn’t feel pointless.

I wish my job was about something “more”. What exactly? I don’t know.”

I wish that what I do (for work) would make some sort of a difference (in other people’s lives). Not “change the world”. Just make a difference. Even if it was only a small one. (…) I’d be happy.”

I’d like my job to be more “me”. That it’d represent “who I am” better.”

For sure I need a paycheck. Like anyone else. But I don’t want my work to only be about that; the money.”

I don’t know how to make it (all) happen. How to find that kind of work. A meaningful one.”

Because all the things I’ve tried so far; looking at new job boards, reading career advices articles, taking personality tests, meeting with a career advisor, it didn’t work. It didn’t give (me) any good results.

All things I could have said myself. Either about the job I had quit a few days earlier, or most of the ones I had before, as well.

WHAT IS THAT “MORE” ABOUT ?

I started to talk and listen to a wider range of people. The general idea of this “more” – people mentioned they were seeking – became much clear.

It wasn’t about the job these people had.

It was about what the job allowed them to do; its outcome. And how it made them feel.

They wanted their job to matter. Because they wanted to matter.

This is what was driving them. Deep down.

Whatever the job they had, “Just doing it” wasn’t enough.

Didn’t matter the amount of success they earned from it.

They wanted “more”.

This is what the “more” was about.

I easily related to these people.

I still have that same “drive” they had. Maybe you do as well.

Many workers have that same drive, today, and are looking for that same “more” in their work.

Just like those I met, they’re unable to find it neither.

Back then, I didn’t know how to help someone “bridge that gap”; between finding a regular job versus finding (and doing) a meaningful one.

I sure wanted to help find some sort of solution.

By saying what he really thought and expected of me, my now ex-boss had given me the best reason I needed to get started on this “search”.

HOW DO WE CRACK THIS PROBLEM?

It took me five years to get my head around this “gap problem”.

Immersing myself in all things related to “work” during that time. From History to Psychology and Management. From workers testimonies to scientific papers. From taking different career-related and personality tests, to meeting with career advisors too.

All things necessary to:

1) Understand better why finding (and doing) meaningful work is so important to workers like you and me

2) Learn from different people – past and present, famous or not – how they succeeded at finding their “work fit

3) Find my “work fit”, using both these people’s teachings and my own research works

4) Start building tools for workers like you, whose answer to “Do you want your work life to feel insignificant, again?” in “Never”.

So you have the leverage you need to step out of the mold you feel stuck in, and start making the impact you seek.

How can I precisely help you make such transition in your work life? Details are provided in the “Tools” section of this website.

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LEE VAR, THE NAME

Lee Var, as this company’s name, is inspired by the Latin root of the word “leverage” and of its close-cousin “uplift”.

Which sums up very well what Lee Var’s work is about: provide workers with tools and inspiration they need to make the impact they seek.