Do Challenges Equal Frustration or Satisfaction?
July 27, 2010 2 Comments
I recently read “The Art of Happiness at Work” by the Dali Lama and psychologist Howard Cutler and one of the chapters discusses challenges in the workplace and made me think about the necessity of challenges to avoid from becoming board. Now there are many types of challenges one which the Dali Lama references as confronting a “mad dog” which isn’t exactly the type of challenge we are looking for and is likely best to run away. However, the type of challenge that excites most of us is the challenge of solving problems, puzzles and or creating solutions to complex situation. These can often lead to frustration but are also the driving force for that feeling of satisfaction to solving the problem. There is a certain pleasure but completing something that poses a challenge. I often create lists of tasks just to receive the satisfaction of crossing the item off as being complete. These are the types of challenges that make what we do interesting and drive our passion for delivering a successful web strategy or viral social media marketing plan.
“I don’t think you can categorically say that challenging work is better or unchallenging work is better… It just depends on the person.” – His Holiness The Dali Lama
The point is if you are willing to embrace the challenge and all the frustration that may be associated with it, the satisfaction of conquering the challenge is more rewarding than avoiding the challenge all together.