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