Motivation and Ambition: A follow-up to my last post, here is short RSA animate video discussing what science has shown motivates us, based on this TED talk. Once you are paid enough that money is not a concern, people are primarily motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose. This makes complete sense. Since I’m not independently wealthy, having a job is important because it brings in money. But after a certain amount of money, I am more motivated by the intrinsic desire to make a difference and to learn new things. If money were no object, I’d be free to do this in ways that don’t make any profit or pay a salary. Since some things that I enjoy also happen to be profitable, I focus on those, and life is good as long as the stress levels stay reasonable.
First week on the job: The new job is going well. The culture is extremely different than my previous job. There was actually hugging in the office (“I haven’t seen you in a while” hugging), and I never saw that in any of my last jobs, no matter how tight knit the teams were. I don’t know if this is good or bad (I’m not a hugger!), but being new, it is definitely nice that people are open and friendly. And really really smart. I’m excited for this year.
2014 goals, plans, challenges: I’ve thought a lot about this. I was talking to a more recent college grads, and she had a long list of goals for the year, one of them being “figure out what to do with my money”. I remember that phase of my life so clearly. You are out of school, adjusted to adult life, but now what? I don’t feel so much like I’m in the “what’s next?!” mindset, and I’m not sure what to do with that. I like pushing myself and learning new things, but the things that are most important to me I have already started to pursue. Anyway, expect some sort of a goal post before the month ends.