Today's TED talk covered motivation and what drives people to find purpose and motivation in their work. The first half covers other peoples responses to your work. But starting at 12:47 it moves to the meaning in the process of the work itself. While anyone who has made a life for themselves does not need to be told their own handiwork and life is more satisfying than anything that can be easily bought, this talk put a quantifiable perspective on it.
To me the most interesting fact to note was that the harder the task at hand is, the "worse" the product is at the end, but the creator values it more than if the task was easy. AND the outside observers value it less than a product of a easier task and therefore "better" product. I knew there was a reason I loved the weirdest and somewhat needlessly complicated creations the most, while everyone else give me the " really?Brianjeffrey?" look.