Join Date: May 2007
Sportbike: 09 R6 09, RS125
Years Riding: Not enough
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Late night thoughts...
Note that the following are simply ramblings of someone who at 3am can't sleep, so I advise that unless you are bored you probably don't want to read this.
A few things recently got me thinking about what it is that drives us to keep getting up in the morning for work. I once read a study which estimated that 80% of the reason we go to work is for the social aspect, and I don't doubt this, as with any day where there has been almost no activity in the office I've been bored out of my mind and far from focussed on the work in-front of me.
So if most of the reason we choose to stay at a job is because of the social aspect, why do most of us look for new jobs roughly once every two years? The reason I've come up with is that quite simply, our current job no longer caters to our dreams and goals at some point in time. When I think to every time I've considered getting rid of a client, canceling a contract, or giving the finger to a job I've always had a feeling at the time that whatever I was doing simply wasn't allowing me to get ahead any further in life.
People are driven by different things, but when you ask most managers what they think will get their employees motivated the seem to always say money, however after working in situations where money is the key motivator I've seen employees more enthusiastic about a second monitor on their computer than an extra $500 in their pay check. This makes me feel that most people don't even see a pay raise as a motivator to switch jobs.
When it comes down to it, I am starting to see that a lot of us simply see our jobs as an enabler to achieve our dreams, an interesting job is simply just another dream we have and hopefully can achieve. For a lot of us, the dream of a high paying job is one we have adopted earlier in life and one we will probably never give up on, even though that money by itself is not likely to make us any happier.
So my question to all that have been bored enough to read through this is, what are your dreams and what are you doing to realize them?