I’ll be honest, I thought about calling this the happy thought of the day. It doesn’t seem like an idea that is just 100% happy, but I believe that all self-discovery is good in one way or another, so I’ll call it positive.
As with many of my deep thoughts, this one started with a TED Talk. This particular one was by Dan Ariely, and he talks about the things that make us feel good at work.
As part of his talk, Dan mentions an experiment involving origami birds, and how people who make the birds when they don’t have clear instructions are more attached to the birds they have created.
While I’m sure this wasn’t his intention, this sparked off an interesting realization in my mind. Could this be why people often stay in bad jobs? If someone builds something at a company out of nothing, such as developing a sales training manual where one didn’t exist, does that make them attached to their work even if the job is bad? It seems that many people I know who are given little guidance or help (ie. have their origami instructions hidden) seem attached to their jobs for what they create even if the situation is bad.
That realization aside, the rest of the talk was pretty educational as well. It really gets you thinking about what you like about your job and digs into the heart of what motivates you to go to work every day.
Take a look at it if you’re interested!