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Book: 80000 Hours

  • Factors for engaging work1.

    • Freedom (Autonomy on what to do and how to do it)
    • Clear tasks (i.e. easy to say if it’s done or not)
    • Variety (Different kinds of problems)
    • Feedback (Should gain quick feedback on work)
  • Work that helps other motivate us a lot

  • Mastery over our domain of work also motivates us a lot

    • This is also linked to the fact that you can negotiate better at work if you’re really good at it.
  • Happiness at work also comes from avoiding the negatives.

    • Long hours, low pay, unhelpful colleagues, job insecurity
  • Thus one additional criteria is whether you like the people you work with.

    • A question you can ask yourself is: Will I be friends with these people that I work with.
  • Thought: A lot of this seems to align with creating scalable value.

  • Work on the right problems. Those that:

    • Are neglected
    • Are solvable
    • You are motivated to work on
  • Always pick the most effective approach to work

  • Focus on building career capital

  • It’s important to evaluate career choices well

  • Ensure your basics are set up properly.

  • Think of career success as: (Career Capital + Impact + Supportive Environment) * Personal Fit.

  • On the side, do things to improve your skills and wildcards to broaden your experience.

    • Ex: Living in another country, completely different sector etc.
    • Thought: Other sectors could be explored through Hackathons/ Checking out emerging industries etc
  • Focus on plan A/B/Z

    • The A plan is your top plan
    • Plan B is in case plan A doesn’t pan out
    • Plan Z is a reset plan. One that gives you a lot of time to re-analyze
  • Applying for a job often takes the following process.

  • When focusing on leads (i.e. the early stage, it’s ipmortant to collect as many as possible.

  1. Related to both flow and gamification ↩︎