The secrets of people who love their jobs | Shane Lopez | TEDxLawrence

  • Published on Jun 5, 2015
  • Happiness depends on the goodness of our jobs, and those good jobs are made not found.
    Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and to teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work and life. He is also one of the most vocal advocates of psychological reform of America’s education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that help students achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want - including a good job and a happy family.
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Comments • 187

  • Vincent Fisher
    Vincent Fisher 2 days ago

    He has similar speech patterns as trump

  • Vincent Fisher
    Vincent Fisher 2 days ago +1

    Wow, he loves himself. He thinks his jokes are sooo funny 🙄😒

  • HI How Ya doin
    HI How Ya doin 18 days ago


  • P.D. Taylor
    P.D. Taylor 20 days ago

    Thank you so much Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., the world’s leading researcher on hope..You already know this as if you don't there's no hope.
    yes I know.
    yes I know.
    Why is he even speaking about this obviously , obvious stuff?
    Why is he even speaking about this obviously , obvious stuff?
    I hope he can stop repeating everything twice and telling us stories like a kindergarten Teacher.

  • Nadia Herrarte
    Nadia Herrarte 24 days ago

    He doesn't lack of interest .

  • Dan Clarke
    Dan Clarke 26 days ago

    Great talk, but I'm pretty sure ⅓ of the video is just him repeating himself

  • Pe Wu
    Pe Wu Month ago

    I love what im doing, but i hate this system of opression in my work, and in any work in my country. How can i stay happy in such places?

  • Jon Boll
    Jon Boll Month ago +1

    Geeeezuz what a horrible speaker he is .

  • En K
    En K Month ago

    I said 1%
    And I *was* wrong.

  • pk eggle
    pk eggle Month ago

    What comes to mind, is the different personality types. An extrovert will surely be happier in a job more suited for an outgoing personality, vs an introvert or someone who prefers more of a one-on one-interaction.

  • Adam Sno
    Adam Sno Month ago

    Corporate democrat who does not want change.

  • Jake Diddle
    Jake Diddle Month ago

    Tough crowd for the first minute

  • Oh yeah yeah
    Oh yeah yeah Month ago +2

    I just want friends and not be a pleb.

  • whitedragon101
    whitedragon101 Month ago

    Kind of breaks the illusion of knowledge and research when at 10mins he tells the tale about the cake mix and the egg which is a false story spread on the internet.
    I know it was only to illustrate a point but things like this are windows into a persons scientific and research rigour.

  • GO2980
    GO2980 Month ago +2

    He sounds like he is going to sell something at the end, like a book, your best life now, this is all you have to do to find happiness.

  • Anselmo Carvalho Pavão Filho

    These are probably the best words I've heard

  • GidzBox Box
    GidzBox Box Month ago +2

    I can never settle in a job because I love variety and having lots of nice down to earth people around me. My ideal thing would be teaching in second world countries and making international friends etc but I need to find somewhere to settle at home eventually.
    I used to love my degree in engineering but then finding out that it's just an office job hurt so much. I worked at a top company but my passion faded. My boss was really nice to my face but never helped me or addressed any issues then became two faced behind my back and wrote the worst things about me and made me leave the company. I'm glad to leave but I hate the unfair justice

  • Member information
    Member information Month ago

    1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

  • BulaBula Love
    BulaBula Love Month ago

    You cannot find us. We are like a virus who adapt to our environment because it is the natural cycle.

  • Oliver Lewis
    Oliver Lewis Month ago

    The fitness person thinks, “Hey, I love fitness, so I’ll be a personal trainer!” Great, except you are an ant on an anthill. Thousands more think identically, and as a result, the aggregate trainer pool could fill fifty coliseums. Thousands are eager to undercut your livable wage. And once that happens, guess what? Your love withers into hate.

  • no stop
    no stop Month ago

    I guessed 10% he said 13% that’s 87% of Americans not liking their job

  • Charles Lewis
    Charles Lewis 2 months ago +1

    Sometimes, I get more frustrated with my job when I hear talks like this. As a person who does not much control over my day, I wonder how a truck driver could use this information. But then again I suppose Ted talks aren't really catered toward...

    • Charles Lewis
      Charles Lewis 21 day ago

      @Dean Lute lol

    • Dean Lute
      Dean Lute 21 day ago

      By getting your own truck and pursuing your own business?

  • amameetsglamour
    amameetsglamour 2 months ago

    Great message!!!

  • Guy That Loves Cats
    Guy That Loves Cats 2 months ago +1

    If he said things once then this video would be half as long

  • Nick Athan
    Nick Athan 2 months ago

    Skip to 8:01 for the point

  • Chiara Perry
    Chiara Perry 2 months ago

    Awesome speech, eye opening, and I can’t wait to start these strategies!

  • Orville is the new Trek

    What about the rest of the population who live in the real world? This video just upset me

  • TheLordHWotton
    TheLordHWotton 3 months ago

    Did they pick the speaker up next to a wallmart ?

  • Rosemarie Marrero
    Rosemarie Marrero 3 months ago

    Thank You Dr. Lopez!! (again) Your Presentation (including/especially the repetitions) has been the Divine Response from the Universe to my professional delema, as I was going to resign from current job...Please continue inspiring us to thrive professionally & personally❤...Much Thanks and the Best to You Always!

  • Rosemarie Marrero
    Rosemarie Marrero 3 months ago

    Excellent presentation with meaningful & effective information...Thank You for your knowledgeable encouragements (Positive Psychology) to Succeed!

  • Linda Oneill
    Linda Oneill 3 months ago +2

    Þhis is me I love my job and doin the best I can for me and others 😍

  • WestRoxburyGuy
    WestRoxburyGuy 3 months ago

    "Choose a job you love" and "Pursue your passion" are meant as broader prescriptions for your life's direction, rather than instructions about what particular job to take on. Sure, tailoring a good job to suit yourself is great, if you can manage to do that. But the point that Steve Jobs and Confucius make is that you don't want to be stuck in an area that you don't like, instead of the one you believe you were meant for, because then it doesn't matter what the details of. the particular job might be--you will still feel that you missed the boat.

  • AunyxTM
    AunyxTM 3 months ago +1

    My biggest takeaways:
    1) The repetition feels way too programmy and it’s annoying

  • Gippy Flank
    Gippy Flank 3 months ago +2

    Sounds like one big compromise.

  • Lissa K
    Lissa K 3 months ago +3

    Best Ted talk I've listened to. Likable speaker, reassuring information. Thank you 💙

  • arif azmi
    arif azmi 3 months ago +1

    The video could've been 11 minutes if he stops repeating himself. The video could have been 11 minutes if he stops repeating himself

  • Alex K
    Alex K 5 months ago +1

    now all we need is a ted talk about how to love your time in school because right now it's just killing my passion for what I am studying

  • Brent McDonald
    Brent McDonald 5 months ago

    This is the Ted Talk to end the need for all other Ted Talks.

  • FatThor Malone
    FatThor Malone 5 months ago

    Keeping the world lazy by promoting your lazy friend so y'all can hang out.

  • FatThor Malone
    FatThor Malone 5 months ago

    The secret of people who love their job is they were hired by their friend or their friend promoted them and those of us busting our asses make these people look bad so we get fired/hours cut whatever.

  • StarSkull_Cyborg
    StarSkull_Cyborg 6 months ago +1

    does anyone else know how to extrapolate and execute any of this guys advice?

  • Ruby Gonzalez
    Ruby Gonzalez 6 months ago

    Start at 11:45

  • Art Trombley
    Art Trombley 7 months ago

    The real secret is simple. Do what makes You Happy, it's that simple.

  • 1999m300
    1999m300 7 months ago

    very boring speaker. I am falling asleep.

  • Michael_Naruto Almonte Rodriguez

    So boring but true

  • watchingandwaiting
    watchingandwaiting 7 months ago


  • Ethical Hacker
    Ethical Hacker 7 months ago

    he is the only asswohle I have listen on TED

  • Karla Boi
    Karla Boi 8 months ago +1

    The last story is a lie

  • Krimson Grant
    Krimson Grant 8 months ago +3

    The repetition is so awful, I just feel like I’m being programmed.

  • J.Jarvis
    J.Jarvis 8 months ago +1

    His voice is younger then him..

  • Zachary Vail
    Zachary Vail 8 months ago +1

    I hate this advice. We’re supposed to settle in hopes that we will make a good job something we will love even if it’s not even remotely entertaining/exciting and while possibly being extremely stressful to act out.

  • harter kern
    harter kern 9 months ago

    The secret of people who love their jobs: they love their jobs

  • stevenstrumpf7
    stevenstrumpf7 9 months ago

    They're good at lying to themselves or they're entertainers. Whether it be a comedian an actor a sports superstar a rock star or an artist/animator streaming on twitch or picarto. Otherwise, whoever's saying they "love their job" is lying to themselves and others. They love the amount of zeros it puts in their bank account, not the job. Not to say that money is a bad thing, I just think no that talent that can generate money doing what you want to do is more important than a meinial task or tasks that generate

    • Lisa T
      Lisa T 7 months ago

      I can honestly say thats not true. My sister is a prime example. Shed go back in a heartbeat for FREE if she could she loved it so much!

  • iiMPR3SSiiON
    iiMPR3SSiiON 10 months ago

    A really amazing talk!

  • Josh Coon
    Josh Coon 10 months ago

    he is hard to pay attention too

  • Jhonatan Baez Castillo
    Jhonatan Baez Castillo 10 months ago +1

    if you dont love what you do, the job will be harder.

  • Jhonatan Baez Castillo
    Jhonatan Baez Castillo 10 months ago

    good advice

  • Kenny Foo
    Kenny Foo 10 months ago

    Shane, Thank You.
    You owned it!
    Do know that you are acknowledged and appreciated. Right on!
    Great delivery as it can be labeled as turnkey approach.
    Took every word out of my mouth, & heart.
    You impacted & set many life in ways the Sun to lt's surrounding.

  • Circuit Breaker
    Circuit Breaker 10 months ago +103

    Okay, there are tons of videos on RU-clip with messages like:
    1) don't follow your passion
    2) follow your passion
    3) follow opportunity
    4) don't do what you like to do, do what you are
    5) do what you love
    Isn't it confusing?

    • Hurley65
      Hurley65 Month ago

      Oh yeah yeah
      Just be bored and behave yourself properly

    • En K
      En K Month ago +1

      You should listen to someone who is where you want to be. ;)

    • Oh yeah yeah
      Oh yeah yeah Month ago +2

      What if theres no opportunity and no passion

    • R J
      R J 2 months ago +5

      Andrew Carter no, thats saying nothing. Terrible advice

  • Ryan Harrison
    Ryan Harrison 10 months ago

    Im gonna go get the papers, the papers.