I’ve got only a few minutes to highlight a topic that has filled many books, so I’ll try to write succinctly.
Here is what I have discovered for myself. You may have reached different conclusions. Starting at the top, here are some fundamental factors affecting your perception of work as pleasure or pain:
Almost any work is satisfying if you can do it at your own pace.
The most interesting work in the world can be made unbearable, if you are forced to do it in a sequence and at a pace that is not of your own choosing.
Job satisfaction is actually more important than the money you take home. That is why acknowledgement from your peers and managers can easily make up for a lower salary.
Any job that requires you to lie for others will eat you out from the inside until you are no longer able to look at yourself in the mirror.
People will work unbelievable hours for little or no pay if they know they are helping to make the world a better place.
People will perform miracles working for a manager they trust.
You might want to look at your current work scene and see if you can make some adjustments that will let you take advantage of these factors. I will discuss how you might do that in future posts, if there is any interest. 🙂