Why We Do What We Do

good question
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Throughout our adult life many of us wonder why we do certain things that we do whether it be in our personal lives or our business life. We rack our brains trying to figure out our own behavior and decisions we make. I read an article this morning on OpenForum giving some hints on why we do what we do that i found to make a lot of sense.

It starts at an early age when we are kids. From the first day of school we begin training for life’s situations. Look at the times you studied for week’s for a test knowing that a week later you would receive a grade for those efforts you made. It’s the same principal in work, you work for three week’s knowing you will receive your salary check on the fourth week.

All that we do appears to be governed by reward systems, and the most powerful reward systems are short-term. Short-term rewards are meant to sustain, to preserve the status quo.

Lets face it, it all boils down to the reward we will receive for the job that we did. The only problem with this is that many of us do a task or job expecting to get our reward in the near future, when we may need to wait it out for a while before seeing the rewards.

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