It pays to know why
No matter what you’re doing, there’s remarkable power to knowing why you’re doing it.
Dan Pink breaks down intrinsic motivation into three categories: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Filling in the blank for Purpose can give you an amazing boost, even if you have limited control over your Autonomy and Mastery in some area.
One of my favourite, surprisingly tender moments on The Simpsons deals with this very idea. And now I have to stop writing because I’m low-key crying.