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A Behavioral Scientist Shares the Secret to Being More Motivated at Work

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If you’re looking for a fulfilling career, focusing on money won’t get you far. What will? Finding meaning in your work, according to Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University.

Ariely, whom you may know from his insightful TED Talks, told CNBC that “our understanding of what causes us to be happy is flawed.” Instead, it’s meaning that motivates us.

It’s not a new notion. After all, “money doesn’t buy happiness” is an oft-repeated expression for a reason. But hearing it from an expert like Ariely is more reason to prioritize meaning over money.

If you find yourself stuck in a motivation-rut, ask yourself these two questions Ariely outlines in his book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations: “How is the work I’m doing helping someone down the road? What meaning can I find here?” They should help point you in a more inspired direction.

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