How to love your job

“This young generation has high expectations for work. They expect work to not just be a job but an adventure… a venue for self-development and self-expression…and something that provides a satisfying fit with their assessment of their talents.” (Jeffrey Arnett)

Motivation, in the workplace or elsewhere, requires that you fulfill three basic psychological needs–factors described as “nutrients” required to feel intrinsically motivated for your work:

  • Purpose: the sense that what we do serves something meaningful beyond than ourselves
  • Competence: the feeling that you are good at what you do (i.e. Mastery)
  • Relatedness: the feeling of connection to other people
  • Autonomy: the feeling that you have control over your day, and that your actions are important

Regular strain and feedback are central to deliberate practice in order to avoid the performance plateau.

Traits that define great work: (1) creativity, (2) impact, (3) control

longer-term goals: “generating options is nice because its hard to predict in advance what you’ll eventually grow to love.” Therefor, might be useful to ask: what next steps would open up my options in the future most?

“People are in a rush to start their lives, and it’s sad. I didn’t go out with the idea of making a big empire. I set goals for myself at being the best I could be at whatever I did.” (Al Merrick)

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