In our modern culture, we work more than twice as much as our hunter-gatherer ancestors. According to most researchers, hunter-gatherers “work” approximately 20 hours per week (7 days), whereas statistics suggest that modern Americans work approximately 45 hours per week (5 days). So in our “progressive” world, we actually work more than ever before.
Episode 73: The Consequence of Competence
Why do we work so hard when it seems as though our hard work results in more work? There are many explanations for why we work hard – our individual personality, what has been modeled for us, and our overall view about the purpose of life. But how do we accept the fact that when we do a good job, we tend to be “punished” by being asked (or told) to do more?