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Satisfaction and finding meaning

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit," writes in the N.Y. Times Magazinethat when he attended his 15th reunion at Harvard Business School last summer, he found that even among his more optimistic classmates, "there was a lingering sense of professional disappointment":

  • "They talked about missed promotions, disaffected children and billable hours in divorce court. They complained about jobs that were unfulfilling, tedious or just plain bad."
  • "One classmate described having to invest $5 million a day — which didn’t sound terrible, until he explained that if he put only $4 million to work on Monday, he had to scramble to place $6 million on Tuesday, and his co-workers were constantly undermining one another in search of the next promotion. It was insanely stressful work, done among people he didn’t particularly like. He earned about $1.2 million a year and hated going to the office."
Why it matters: "Finding meaning, whether as a banker or a janitor, is difficult work. Usually life, rather than a business-school classroom, is the place to learn how to do it."
 
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