Money and happiness undoubtedly appear to be the two most desired outcomes of one’s life. Yet many fail to see the potential in pursuing meaningful and satisfying work as a way to achieve both financial freedom and enjoyable life. Satisfying work is beneficial because it increases job satisfaction, performance, and commitment.

In order for work to be satisfying, there are three qualities it must have: autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward. Work that fulfills those three criteria is meaningful. 


Balanced and effective autonomy is crucial to any type of work. Those who have the ability to be autonomous at work are better risk-takers, more engaged, produce new ideas, and are greater innovators. Autonomous work is integral to job satisfaction because, without it, you’re left feeling undervalued, unrecognized, and reluctant to give more of yourself to work. 

Setting boundaries, following guidelines, trust, and face-to-face feedback are a few critical factors in ensuring autonomy in the workplace remains effective. 


Mundane work is emotionally draining. Work must captivate our attention in order for us to be content. We must value what we do in order to be fulfilled in our lives, and being passionate and interested in our work is imperative to workplace satisfaction. 

Alternatively, work that is too stressful can be detrimental to our health. Finding the right balance between complexity and simplicity is the key to satisfying work. 

A Connection Between Effort and Reward

We work to earn a living, but money isn’t the be-all-end-all. Reward doesn’t always mean a higher paycheque; reward can come in the form of customer satisfaction, heightened personal relationships, or improved job satisfaction.

Though, it is important for one’s work to be compensated appropriately in order for us to be satisfied. We should receive a suitable financial reward for our efforts so we feel appreciated and valued. 

Children that grow up in a world where meaningful work is practiced learn a lesson crucial to those who want to tackle the upper reaches of a profession: if you work hard enough and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world around you to your desires. 

About Roy Murad (edited from

Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, consummate entrepreneur, and advocate for new business ventures. Over the course of 35 years, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience from building businesses, guiding companies, and identifying strong investment opportunities – all while nurturing a thriving family. Now, he looks to share his valuable experience with everyone who desires to live a balanced and successful life.

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