There are many types of work. From repetitive tasks, to manual labor, to homework, learning new skills, spending time, spending money. Humans were actually made to work. To do work towards a purpose makes us happy. That can be making a meal, caring for someone, working for a paycheck, building something, growing something. We build careers and gain status the longer we are in something and eventually can become experts at the field we are in. Many video games are built in the same way, to have the user gain status throughout the game in some way, shape, or form. We enjoy mental stimulation, like games, puzzles or giving advice on a situation we understand.
One type of work that we generally don’t like is problems, complications, going back to school. This is a different part of the brain and in business the most desirable people are those that can solve your problems for you. Mechanics, consultants, problem solvers will be paid better than those that do repetitive tasks. In politics and in life there are problems and there is a desire in us to make them go away. We have to use our hearts and brains to go about that the right way rather than immediately chose the one with least effort.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.”
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
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