Understand your own motivation to work. And make sure that you differentiate clearly between intrinsic and extrinsic goals…

Ask yourself, is the work I’m doing intrinsically worthwhile?

Am I doing this to get paid?

If not, is the cause I’m serving deserving?

Or are my goals extrinsic?

Am I working to get noticed? To gain acceptance? Approval? Etc.

If so, you’re almost certain to be disappointed…

*advice stolen, in large part, from Oliver Burkeman’s “This Column Will Change Your Life” weekly column in the Guardian