Driven or Driving?

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In Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, the results of a study with college grads, a few years out, show that reaching their financial and career goals did not provide a sufficient level of happiness.

According to the study, unless goals are closely tied to our intrinsic motivators (purpose, meaning, autonomy, mastery, etc.) versus the extrinsic motivators (money, status, possessions, etc.), achievement is, not only, not enough but, most likely, accompanied with high levels of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty.

We all know that working in the wrong job leads to depression, dissatisfaction, disease, and other soul-sucking symptoms, so what can be done?

  • Decide not to sell out
  • Trust your gut
  • Work tenaciously to find work that feels like play
  • If the job is an unavoidable stepping stone, challenge yourself with mastery

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One thought on “Driven or Driving?

  1. At the age where we are introduced to college, we don’t even have a clue on what type of career goal or financial success would equate to happiness. Most college students will admit to using college for experimentation. I just don’t think it makes since to start college so young. If I could do it all over, I would wait until I had a bit more work experience and learned more about my skills and weaknesses.

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