Few people have a passion that neatly translates into a career, and following one's passions often leads to misguided career moves. Rather, your satisfaction at work has more to do with your experience with that work rather than the type of work.
To have intrinsic motivation at work, you need:
A job that satisfies the ingredients of intrinsic motivation is rare and valuable, so you need to develop rare and valuable skills to offer in exchange.
Career capital = the value of competencies, knowledge and individual personality attributes you have to produce economic value." (LinkedIn)
Deliberate practice = practice that stretches your abilities and provides instant feedback
It has been estimated by interviewing masters of particular skills that to excel at a complex task takes 10,000 hours of practice. You need to have patience and keep working.
Once you've developed your career capital and learned some rare and valuable skills, you will be more valuable to your employer.
Use this leverage to negotiate shorter hours, more freedom, etc.
Little bets = bite-sized, carefully chosen projects that take no more than a few months, give you valuable feedback, and help you to determine your next steps.
You don't need to commit to a project that will determine your work life for the next few years. Take on small projects and continuously adapt.
To create a successful project it must:
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