Friday, July 26, 2013

Do you love your job?


          No one completely love or hate our jobs. If you think about it, there are two factors contributing to the love-hate relationship:
  1. Hygiene factor: Hygiene are things like how much you get paid, how your manager treat you. Bad hygiene causes job dissatisfaction. But good hygiene does not make you satisfied. It just makes you not dissatisfied.
  2. Motivation: This is what make people satisfied. Here are examples: Challenging work, recognition, responsibility and personal growth.
          Hygiene factor is external and tangible. The company can provide it for you. But, motivation factor comes from inside and is intangible. You cannot measure it. You have to feel it.


Why Do We Hate Our Jobs

          A lot of people hate their job. One of the reason is because they choose hygiene factors, most likely financial return, over motivation. They tell themselves. It’s ok. It’s gonna take a few year until I am financially stable. Then, I’ll go chase my dream. 
          But it’s hard to let go of high paying job, especially when your salary keeps getting higher. You expand your lifestyle to match higher salary. Next thing you know is that it’s too difficult to coil back to your previous lifestyle and you have no choice but to keep working on the high-paying job that you don’t like. In a few year, you would hate your job, and your life’d become dissatisfactory. 

The Destination or the Journey?

          Sometimes what motivates you is not the end result, but the journey to the end result. In fact, happiness in career comes from the opportunity to learn new things and succeed at it, and to receive more and more responsibilities. When you learn a new thing, you get more excited and would like to learn more. When you reach the end, you feel proud. But that’s about it. There is nothing more you want to do to your final product. You might even left the product alone, and never use or see it again. 
“The pursuit of money can at best mitigate the frustration in your career.”

Tangible Compensation and Motivation

          A lot of people focus too much on tangible compensation such as salary and benefit. The reason is because their friends and family see tangible compensation as a sign of success. 
When focusing on motivation, the right question is not how much you earn, but the following questions:
  • Is this work meaningful to me?
  • Is this job going to give me a chance to develop?
  • Am I gonna learn new things?
  • Will I have an opportunity for recognition and achievement?
  • Am I gonna be given responsibility?
If you have a job which responses well with these question, the tangible compensation would become less important. 
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Source: How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

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Book or Audiobooks?

Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].

There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.

   About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

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