Dan Ariely: What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

We have a “naive” view about what motivates people at work: money. Yet, we can find example after example where the most driven people are not working for the monetary reward, but for something deeper. Dan Ariely describes some aspects that make work feel “meaningful” to us (and we will work harder and longer without money).

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What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)

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  1. I enjoy Dan’s stuff a lot Conor and it’s very applicable to what I do. I help companies change and teach them new skills and processes. The only way I can ensure success is to take people on a journey and make them feel empowered in what they do. Thanks for sharing!

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