Why I work

Sat, 01 Mar 2014

One of the reasons I started this blog was out of concern that much of what I read or hear stated about why people work is too simplistic.  It assumes we pick a single goal (generally earning money), and then do whatever we can to maximise that.  Not only do I feel this isn’t what most people want to do, but repeating it can make people more inclined to act that way.

The more that we can recognise that our goals in working are more complex, and often a balancing game between conflicting motivations, the more we can manage their career in a way that makes us happy in the long term.

So in this post, I’d like to outline my motivations for the work that I seek to do:

I wonder how universal these goals are.  Do readers think that any of these motivations are generally not shared by most people?  Are there motivations that other people have, that I’m missing (e.g. competition)?