This Is The Most Important Thing To Remember When Choosing A Job

Does a fat paycheck help ease the pain of a boring job?

Most of us kind of believe the answer is yes. Indeed, it’s the thinking behind many a young corporate lawyer or investment banker’s failed career.

But the reality is: People underestimate just how important it is to enjoy the experience of work, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

In fact, the researchers found that enjoying your work is a critical part of actually getting your work done — and doing it well. This may seem obvious: You’re more likely to do a thing if you genuinely like doing that thing. Yet apparently, humans are terrible at understanding why they do things. This will play out in real time quite soon as so many of us fail to follow through on our New Year’s resolutions.

“People don’t realize how important the experience is after or before they are doing it,” Ayelet Fishbach, a professor at Booth and the study’s co-author, told The Huffington Post. “We found that those doing something fun persist longer than those doing something for money. People worked harder when we made the task more interesting.”

The results have implications not just for work, but also for exercise and eating. You’re more likely to work out if you enjoy doing the activity you picked. You’re more likely to stick to a diet if you actually want to eat the healthy food you’ve committed yourself to.

Personally speaking, the research goes a long way in explaining why I have no problem writing three stories in a day, but struggle to file a simple expense report or schedule a dentist appointment.

For their paper, published in the December issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Fishbach and coauthor Kaitlin Woolley conducted —> Read More