Outliers’ KFS … find a satisfying job

This is one of several posts extracting some key points from the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, 2008

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Gladwell’s Observation

The ingredients to a satisfying job:

Autonomy … “a long leash”, “room to roam”

Complexity … varied experiences, sufficiently challenging

[Meritocracy] … strong connection between effort and reward

The more you like your job, the more likely you are to succeed at it. [No kidding, Malcolm]

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3 Responses to “Outliers’ KFS … find a satisfying job”

  1. James Says:

    Also sounds like the keys to a successful relationship as well:
    1) Autonomy = less nagging
    2) Complexity = less drama
    3) Meritocracy = recognition for doing the dishes

  2. Chris Says:

    James – you should WANT to do the dishes…

  3. Laj Says:

    Gladwell probably got this from Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi and his theory of “flow”. While I have some sympathy for this research, I’m not sure it’s empirically useful. It doesn’t tell you anything that you can use to make dull work more interesting as far as I know – all it tells you is that you enjoy what you enjoy.

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