the surprising truth about what motivates us

Mr. Lively sent me this video which explains why so many people I meet via MML are dissatisfied with their day jobs. And why so many struggling, start-up, or successful entrepreneurs are often more fulfilled without the comparable corporate paycheck.

If you dread going to work, this definitely might illuminate (or validate) why you feel frustrated.


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  1. J'Ann

    WOW! I was engrossed in that video until the very last second. When it ended I felt sad :-(. Haha, that was a great video Jess, thanks for sharing.

  2. Brigitte

    Thank you for giving me a scientific, research-based framework to describe how I feel about work. I feel just wonderful right now.

  3. CB

    Who is that presenter? That was so well done, and I love the visuals that went along with it! Basically, that video just described what made my principal so good when I used to work at the elementary school. He definitely subscribed to these ideas, and because I had some level of autonomy, mastery, and challenge as a music teacher, I loved my job. I wasn’t even thinking about money, I was just thinking about my purpose and the money I made allowed me to keep doing it.

    Soap box: this concept extends beyond business and into education, as well. Competition and incentives are more likely to set teachers up to fail (especially if they work in tougher conditions) than they are to improve student achievement. I wish policymakers would instead focus on improving the conditions in which teachers and students work, leaving decisions about schools to educators rather than politicians, and focusing on developing a national curriculum that establishes what children in every grade should be learning. I could say more, but I think I’ve already gone too far off on a tangent! 🙂

    Thanks, Jess 🙂

  4. Maggie Rose

    Not news to anyone who has been in the position of getting paid a lot but still hating work… but it is so nice to see that science is backing us up (and in such an awesome format! Love his artwork!). Not that getting paid less at my job job would make me want to forgo my entrepreneurial longings 😉

  5. Diane

    this was phenomenal, jess. so glad mr. lively found it and so glad you shared. lots to think about here.

  6. Amy

    What a great video, Jess! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  7. Kourtney

    I feel so validated! I was just trying to explain to my husband yesterday why I feel like my good paying full-time job is depressing and frustrating. I’m a full-time secretary with great benefits and pay. Yet, I don’t do anything all day. My boss is hardly in the office, my phone hardly ever rings, and my workload hardly ever exists. I’ve started my own little accessories business ( that, while not especially profitable, gives me so much more fulfilment and excitement than my good paying blah job. My goal is to someday combine the fulfilling aspect of one with the good pay of the other, but in the meantime, I suffer through my 8-5 to enjoy the projects I come up with at home.

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