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Why We WorkBy Barry Schwartz

In a Nutshell

Why We Work interrogates the purpose of work in our lives by examining what traits make work feel meaningful and which questions companies should ask to maximize the motivation of their employees.

Favorite quote

90% of adults spend half their waking lives doing things they would rather not be doing at places they would rather not be.

Introduction

Why We Work is a little book meant to accompany one of Barry Schwartz's TED talks, and it talks about what motivates us to get out of bed in the morning. The famous author of The Paradox of Choice argues that we use the wrong incentives, and ask the wrong questions, to lead those who make great products and services a reality.

Whether you're an employee and want to find out if your employer is actually doing a good job at keeping you around, or a manager trying to improve your team's motivation, these lessons will help you understand the other party a bit more.

Here are the 3 key insights from this Hack

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    Ask yourself if you perceive your career as a job, career, or a calling
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