Monday, November 29, 2010

Why Work?

Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors. Besides writing books, he also has a blog that he updates daily.

Recently on my Collective Wisdom blog, I started a Sunday Seth feature at 6pm where I feature some thoughts from his blog. Here's a sample:

Reasons to work

  1. For the money
  2. To be challenged
  3. For the pleasure/calling of doing the work
  4. For the impact it makes on the world
  5. For the reputation you build in the community
  6. To solve interesting problems
  7. To be part of a group and to experience the mission
  8. To be appreciated

Why do we always focus on the first? Why do we advertise jobs or promotions as being generic on items 2 through 8 and differentiated only by #1?

In fact, unless you're a drug kingpin or a Wall Street trader, my guess is that the other factors are at work every time you think about your work.

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