What motivates you to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just about the money.

But it’s not exactly joy and happiness either.

Think about it. People don’t climb mountains simply for money or because it is an enjoyable experience. Most seem to thrive by having a sense of purpose and overcoming conditions to progress towards it, often in extreme circumstances.

In this interesting TED Talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two revealing experiments that show our unexpected attitudes toward meaning in our work.

Take a look and let me know what you think.