Does it take a certain kind of person to enjoy work, or is there a perfect job out there for everyone, do you think?

I see work as a way of funding the enjoyable bits of my life – It’s a bit dull, but they give me cash. Other people see their work as an incredibly satisfying endeavor – but is that only possible if you have a certain personality type? What’s the trick? Any ideas welcome.

[edit] Inspired by , some extra ideas and questions.

Fundamentally, I’d like the quality of my work to have a direct input on my income. So I don’t get paid for hours worked, but results. It’s then to my benefit to work really hard for short periods of time. You know how many days often have slack in them? If there was a point to compressing all the work down into, say, just the morning, I could have my afternoons free. Also, good ideas often lead to saving time and effort, so a job that rewarded results would encourage good ideas. Anyone suggest well-paying jobs that pay by results rather than time?

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  1. I think there’s a perfect job out there for almost everyone. I just think they’re either very hard to find or they pay almost nothing or they come with a trade-off like having to move halfway round the world. All other jobs are dull and give you cash. If they don’t give you cash, you’re in the wrong job… 😉

  2. Anyone suggest well-paying jobs that pay by results rather than time?
    I think the problem with this kind of thing is that people get sucked in, and rather than doing all the work in the morning and then having the afternoon off, they work all afternoon too, and all evening and all weekend… because any time spent not work becomes time losing out on money you could be making. Maybe that takes a particular personality type too, but I’ve seen it happen.

    • Wouldn’t that be a good thing, as long as you remembered it was a choice? If you could earn double money in a month, say, you could put some of into living expenses and invest the rest in your future. So you’d be able to retire earlier, or pay less mortgage, or something along those lines… You’re shifting when you work, as long as you spend the same ammount.

      • You’re shifting when you work, as long as you spend the same ammount
        IME people don’t though — they become a slave to the cash, don’t allow themselves time off or holidays or anything because of all the money they’d be “losing”. Of course that’s probably not everybody, but it’s a risk.

  3. I think anyone can find a job that will give them satisfaction. However, having a job that is well paid and satisfying is much more tricky, esp seen that those jobs might also not be seen by society as worth your time and effort. For example, say you like working with children. That’s an important job, but not well paid at all, so you could decide to rather have a boring job at a bank and earn lots of money instead. It is however your decision to have a boring, but well paid job instead of doing something you really enjoy but is not well paid.
    Personally, I go with the ‘I work to live’ mentality, not the other way round, but then I am not willing to give up a well paid job to find something more satisfying.

    • What’s really getting me is that with the right choice of career, you might be able to ‘live while working.’ I don’t think I’ll ever get that job as an international playboy, but I’d hate to think that I’d work eight hours a day to fund a few hours in the evening and the weekends, when I could have been having fun in the daytime…
      Wouldn’t that be great, though?
      The thing is, I’m a terrible spender and I don’t think I could afford to lose much money. I know what I’m good at, and it’s programming. I do quite a lot of personal programming projects I don’t need to – websites and such – so I’m pretty sure I’m not workshy, as such. I’d just like to have a way of living that didn’t have that division between work and play. If you could kind-of play all day and get paid for it, wouldn’t that be more sustainable and less stressful?

      • Strictly speaking, yes. But even with diverse interests some jobs are just not fun and still need to be done. And your employer will have different interests from you, so there’s a collision of interests here, which employers win because they pay you and thus can have their say.
        I think the only way is to become stinking rich, and then do the jobs you enjoy, and be very nice to your employees.

  4. First you have to ask yourself what is the most important thing. Enjoy life day to day or making money.
    If you know what your bliss is, that which feeds your soul, and allows you to look forward to each day, and money is not your primary concern, then you know at a gut level what you should be doing. Following your bliss and making money are not mutually exclusive. There just isn’t any guarantees.
    What is really important to you?
    Cheers!

    • Thanks mark.
      I think the direction I really wanna go in involves helping people be creative.
      I want to create, but I find I do that best as part of a group. But I doubt I’ve got either the talent or the training to produce really good stuff. On the other hand, I have technical skills and ideas that can help others be creative. If there were a ‘what greek myth character are you?’ quiz, I’d be daedelus, offering my inventions to the heroes.
      I’m working on a computer program at the moment which helps people design stories, prepare scripts, and generally organise all the paraphenalia of a story in one place. I think its going to be unique and, I hope, a success. I’m taking my steps, but they’re additional to my day job. I’d ultimately like to be at it full-time, and hobnobbing with the kind of people who use it.
      How about you? How did you decide to become an actor? And, I read, a director? Well done on that, BTW.
      Steve

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