Life strategy web site Study Hacks says people who are satisfied and motivated with their careers don't focus on money and prestige, but things like autonomy.
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The post dives into what drives people in the workplace. In the psychology field, for example, the author highlights a motivation theory called self-determination theory (SDT), which explains that three universal needs for achieving happiness: autonomy, competence and relatedness. Happiness and satisfaction, so says the theory, comes by satisfying these three needs. Instead of choosing to make career decisions based on these factors, people often focus on prestige and income — but as we know, making more money won't make you happier.
Check out the full post at Study Hacks for more details on the psychology behind their suggestions, and let us know how the suggestions jibe with your experience in the comments.
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