Shocking! The real purpose of your life!

I happened to see this video  last Monday before class. I’m a sucker for anything involving South Park (or just Trey Parker and Matt Stone) so of course I watched it. It just so happens that it went unbelievable well with some of the discussion from today and the video about motivation. I think that this carrot and stick approach is pervasive through society because it assumes that people are unmotivated and will be lazy when left to their own devices. To get them to perform as desired, they are incentivized. Rather than looking towards each milestone, each carrot you get, it is more meaningful to see the progression of your work as long term process that doesn’t end similar to the musical progression described in the video. That sounds easy I guess when you like your job and feel rewarded in your work. Perhaps people would find more rewarding positions and jobs perhaps if they were not forced into some sort of mold, but rather allowed to follow what they believed to be interesting – to dance and sing their own song. After all, in my opinion at least, all we have is this time that we are here, may as well enjoy the journey.

I’ll note now, that I have done this sort of half blog this during the semester. I’ll find something interesting, save it, write a few lines about it, but not wrap it up into a full post. So, I’m about to post a bunch of blogs, but I swear, I didn’t just find all of them in the last 24 hours.


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2 Responses to Shocking! The real purpose of your life!

  1. jemunoz

    You should hurry up and post them so I can comment and fill up my blog requirement as well! (Why lie?)

    Anyway, you say “That sounds easy I guess when you like your job and feel rewarded in your work.” This is what I strongly believe in. The project I’m involved in at my lab is not interesting to me. I don’t believe in it. Therefore, it’s hard for me to find incentives that motivate me to keep going with it. I don’t see incentives, I only see deadlines. I’m not into it, and therefore I struggle.

    Being motivated for the job at hand is heightened when you are enjoying what you are doing. Procrastination, for example, is feeling more motivated to do other things beside your work. You’re not focused because you’re not motivated, or not given an incentive. It would be nice to find ways in which I can find incentives in an otherwise dull and aimless project.

    And yes, I plan on talking to my adviser about this issue, for those thinking I should do exactly that.

  2. katevance

    woah, woah, woah. I’m not a fan of being accused of lying. I had a collection of thoughts, they weren’t all as complete as I wanted, which is why they weren’t all posted. I see stuff different places, I jot down a few thoughts, I come back to it. I wasn’t awesome at planning my time and finishing them more linearly – I’ve been either horrendously sick or really busy or out of the country during the semester, but why am I justifying myself like this? I don’t know, so I’ll stop.

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