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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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I go to college and work for a few simple things. Sluts, cars, and bikes.
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I go to college and work for a few simple things. Sluts, cars, and bikes.
Any long term goals?
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Yeah, 2 chicks at the same time.
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I'll point out a few things. But I'd rather watch Law and Order. Love that guy on criminal intent. People get stuck at a job because they have bills, or need to make the money to support their family. People stay at a job because they feel comfortable . They are scared of change. For me, money doesn't really motivate me. Unless I'm getting paid 500 an hour. The only motivation I see is knowing if there is a reward. Getting the job done right. Knowing there is some goal when the job is accomplished. A good work environment really helps with motivation. Uncomfortable workplace isn't going to cut it. Too many rules that sets restrictions in what you can and can't do. Co workers that can't do shit and you have to do their share of work. Co workers that think they are not fawking up and get PO if you tell them. Okay back to law and order.
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Yeah, 2 chicks at the same time.
Dude, you're in college, how have you not achieved that goal yet?
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I'll point out a few things. But I'd rather watch Law and Order. Love that guy on criminal intent. Okay back to law and order.
That must be the only thing on TV right now because that is what I'm watching, too. I would say I love going to work becuase I never know what is going to happen and I love that part of it. I'm lucky in the fact that the people I work with are great and feel like an extended family... rarely does a shift go by without a good story and a laugh. Within my career I would like a specific position and am taking the necessary steps to put myself in the best position for when the next opening arrives. This includes taking time on my days off to go to traning without compensation, belonging to certain national groups catering to this position (I am also going to a week long national conference in June spending my own money), finding a mentor currently in this position and helping when I can and learning as much as possible, and learning pertinent law specific to this position. We'll see if all this pays off because I don't know what else I could do to help me achieve this goal. Law and Order commercial is over.....
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Dude, you're in college, how have you not achieved that goal yet?
I look like a neanderthal that shaved.
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Within my career I would like a specific position and am taking the necessary steps to put myself in the best position for when the next opening arrives. This includes taking time on my days off to go to traning without compensation, belonging to certain national groups catering to this position (I am also going to a week long national conference in June spending my own money), finding a mentor currently in this position and helping when I can and learning as much as possible, and learning pertinent law specific to this position. We'll see if all this pays off because I don't know what else I could do to help me achieve this goal.
Thats great to hear you're be so proactive about achieving your professional goal.
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Yeah, 2 chicks at the same time.
Yeah, dude. When I was in college I was pulling six-somes with underage high school girls from the local bowling alley. Time to play catch up, you fuckin loser. lol

Insomniac, I like the way you think. I think you hit on something. Just remember, Easy E said it best. Ain't nothing in the world but bitches and money.

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Here is something that I think is misinterpreted.

People do not realize that they strive for power. Job satisfaction could be related to the amount of perceicved power that person has.

Power, money, and women. Life simplified.

Employees desire power. They associate power with money. However, power is what they are really after. It is hard to give power to a subordinate based on the nature of an organizational chart. Money can give the allusion of power. So, instead of power, an employer gives money which gives the allusion of power.

My final be all, end all statement is:

It all boils down to control.

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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Here is something that I think is misinterpreted.

People do not realize that they strive for power. Job satisfaction could be related to the amount of perceicved power that person has.

Power, money, and women. Life simplified.
Totally agreed, however not all people have enough courage in themselves to think they could ever have power. Their dreams are so limited in scope they think paying off their credit card debt is a long shot. Most potential employees I meet straight out of the college seem to think that getting a job is about the greatest thing they will ever accomplish.

First you get the money, then you get the power,THEN you get the women
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First you get the money, then you get the power,THEN you get the women
Don't you need that large pile of sugar that got washed away by the rain?
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Don't you need that large pile of sugar that got washed away by the rain?
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