You set your alarm clock every day (or you wake up without an alarm clock if you are lucky enough to have a good body clock) to get up for work.
But why are you doing this? Don’t you like to sleep? Are you bored, so you go to work? Or maybe you have other reasons.
Over the years of history, we can observe extremely different approaches to the subject.
From who don’t work shouldn’t eat through to work ennobles man to finally do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.
Barry Schwartz, an American psychologist, pointed out in one of his speeches that „our human nature is much more created than it is discovered”, that „we design human nature by designing institutions within which people live and work”.
We decide what kind of motivation will guide our daily activities.
There are of course many reasons people work, let’s take a closer look at 3 of them:
1. ECONOMIC REASONS
There is not much to be explained – we work to earn a living, to get enough money to meet our daily needs – to put food on the table and have a roof over our heads.
In this case, our work gives us the sense of financial security and stability.
2. SOCIAL REASONS
Humans are social beings, we need to be among people.
We also need to be respected. It is about authority, recognition and prestige.
If your job position is seen as important, you will also be perceived as someone who has meaning.
And last but not least, we want to feel needed, it increases our self-esteem.
We need to experience the feeling that our work is important and helps people.
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3. PERSONAL REASONS
These kind of reasons are often very complex and very individual, strongly related to a sense of accomplishment. This happens when our work is meaningful, challenging when it helps us grow by developing our competence and achieving our ambitious goals.
Are we condemned to financial dependence? Are the enthusiasts at work only exceptions?
In an ideal world, we’re doing what we love and getting paid to do it, we’re getting better every day and our work is meaningful.
Let’s find a good reason that’s worth getting out of bed for every day! 🙂