The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love

Robert H. Frank, an economics professor at Cornell University, writes with some career advice for the New York Times. His recommendation comes built on two principles. The first is that people feel most productive and content when they are in the “flow,” meaning they are so engaged that they lose track of time. The second is that experts, people who specialize in one area, earn more money regardless of the field, but becoming an expert takes a grueling and enormous amount of work. Thus, Frank’s advice is that people should become experts in an area where they already experience flow, so that the enormous effort spent will become more bearable (maybe even enjoyable). All of this is easier said than done of course, but the logic of it seems to check out.

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