Within the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, I found a great distillation of the requirements for a satisfying job. Whenever I think of times when I have been unhappy, at least one of these things was missing.
- Autonomy. You get a role in deciding what you do every day. Even if you might not always get decide exactly what you do, you can choose how to get it done.
- Complexity. It must be an intellectually stimulating challenge. As the book states, it should “engage both your mind and imagination.”
- Connection Between Effort & Reward. The harder you work, the greater your income or recognition (at least eventually).