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    Quote Originally Posted by azureus3 View Post
    Such a complex question, I think it's not (only) about tools, techniques or weird useless apps. It's also about philosophy and how well you understand yourself and the world.
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    And then the hedonic adaptation sets in. It felt good for a while and then you realize there's always more - richer people, more fit people, smarter people, more popular people... If you are looking forward to some goals, it may never end, you'll just have more goals.

    So I think it makes sense just to enjoy the process - enjoy what you're doing. Find something in the activity - you don't have to save the world, just set your mission or vision to something larger and useful.
    I am finding I like the cognitive training. I like the idea that I can improve my productivity, just being smarter. E.g., preparing for the next 2 to 7 seconds, when needed.

    I also added about 10 quotes from the Holy Bible, to increase my inspiration. It is all about doing the right things to go to heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azureus3 View Post
    It is funny that I'm writing this because actually it's my big problem right now, to find some motivation and meaning.
    If you think you will find "meaning" in anything you're going to be disappointed ... it's all random chance.
    But if you especially think that you'll find meaning in online work - then you're surely out-of-luck.

    In the absence of meaning - do work that pays well and means you can afford good beer.
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    My oh my. The external factors ppl need to be motivated. When I was a kid I don't think I needed 20 quotes and 9 reasons to be motivated to go out and play with my friends. I hardly doubt I needed motivation to go grab myself an ice cream either.

    So if whatever you are doing (from what I understood, a website in this niche) isn't that kind of activity, why r u trying to eat worms and like it.

    But for the sake of the topic I'll squeeze one in: Stop calling it work. Really! For the rest of the world if you do what you love to do and you are enjoying it you are not working. You can show them your hour chart, your money, whatever. For the majority unless you are miserable, have a boss you hate, you aren't working.
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    If you think you will find "meaning" in anything you're going to be disappointed ... it's all random chance.
    But if you especially think that you'll find meaning in online work - then you're surely out-of-luck.

    In the absence of meaning - do work that pays well and means you can afford good beer.
    Not a truer word spoken.
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    I've never really been a hugely money motivated person though. Meaning is a very human notion, but I do believe we need to have some sense of satisfaction and a 'point' to what we're doing or else we can just lose motivation totally. Meaning can be different for each person.

    For me, jobs that help people, animals, the planet or the advancement of science/knowledge in some way are meaningful. These could be voluntarily done or paid jobs. e.g. reducing pollution/plastic use/destruction of the planet or finding a medical cure or raising awareness of a hidden topic. These are much more worthwhile endeavors in the big scheme of things than what we do here.

    I do believe that one voice, when backed up with clever actions, can be very influential in the world. There are some clever people on here, some interesting minds and I feel that maybe that potential could be better used elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xecutable View Post
    My oh my. The external factors ppl need to be motivated.
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    But for the sake of the topic I'll squeeze one in: Stop calling it work. Really! For the rest of the world if you do what you love to do and you are enjoying it you are not working. You can show them your hour chart, your money, whatever. For the majority unless you are miserable, have a boss you hate, you aren't working.


    Thank you. Do you know about gameful design (gamification)? I just read up on it. Now my checklist is like a game: Instead of x for checks in notepad, I give myself a letter grade of A, B, or C. When I score a D or F, I don't get to check it off.
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