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 • 129

  • Alex K
    Alex K Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Bo does games
    Bo does games 2 months ago

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

  • Bo does games
    Bo does games 2 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.

  • Bellock_Grithlus
    Bellock_Grithlus 2 months ago +1

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

  • Ruby Gonzalez
    Ruby Gonzalez 2 months ago

    Start at 11:45

  • Art Trombley
    Art Trombley 3 months ago

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

  • 1999m300
    1999m300 3 months ago

    very boring speaker. I am falling asleep.

  • Michael_Naruto Almonte Rodriguez

    So boring but true

  • watchingandwaiting
    watchingandwaiting 3 months ago


  • Ethical Hacker
    Ethical Hacker 3 months ago

    he is the only asswohle I have listen on TED

  • Karla Boi
    Karla Boi 4 months ago +1

    The last story is a lie

  • Krimson Grant
    Krimson Grant 4 months ago +2

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

  • J.Jarvis
    J.Jarvis 4 months ago

    His voice is younger then him..

  • Zachary Vail
    Zachary Vail 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • stevenstrumpf7
    stevenstrumpf7 5 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 3 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 6 months ago

    A really amazing talk!

  • Josh Coon
    Josh Coon 6 months ago

    he is hard to pay attention too

  • Jhonatan Baez Castillo
    Jhonatan Baez Castillo 6 months ago +1

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

  • Jhonatan Baez Castillo
    Jhonatan Baez Castillo 6 months ago

    good advice

  • Kenny Foo
    Kenny Foo 6 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 6 months ago +31

    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?

    • Andrew Carter
      Andrew Carter 6 days ago

      Because everyone is different. Do what works for you.

  • Ryan Harrison
    Ryan Harrison 7 months ago

    Im gonna go get the papers, the papers.

  • saber mohammadi
    saber mohammadi 7 months ago

    سلام صابرم

  • Claire Seymour
    Claire Seymour 7 months ago +1

    This Ted Talk is worth sticking to

  • lerato Motlhakane
    lerato Motlhakane 7 months ago

    The cake mix story will always remind me how amazing people think. Thanks great presentation.

  • Aimee Saunders
    Aimee Saunders 7 months ago

    What if you don't have a passion for anything....

    • HermanatorPC
      HermanatorPC 7 months ago

      Good news. Jobs arent manditory. If youre not passionate about anything, dont work.

  • Monica A.
    Monica A. 8 months ago +1

    Oh gosh! He is GREAT! Funny, relatable, memorable- One of my fav Ted talks!

  • tdsm
    tdsm 8 months ago +4

    Being lucky not to come across a psychopathic narcissistic colleague or boss, green with jealousy, who makes a mission to derail your good work helps too.

  • Liz Shibahara
    Liz Shibahara 9 months ago +1

    Nice thought but not sure that it is possible for most people in the work force.

  • Delta_Delta
    Delta_Delta 9 months ago

    There are many talks on this subject, but this one struck the right chord in me somehow. Thank you!

  • MetryxAZ
    MetryxAZ 9 months ago

    13:20 literally just talking about this with friends a few hours ago hah

  • Nun Ya Beeswax
    Nun Ya Beeswax 9 months ago

    Ok seems like a lot of these ted talks speakers just ramble and ramble and ramble and ramble and ramble and ramble ......

  • Jennifer M
    Jennifer M 9 months ago +1

    OMG at the cake mix story... this is exactly the reason I never buy cake mix! I figure hey... I have to still add oil, eggs, milk, etc. I could just make the cake. Why buy a mix? So funny...

  • Greg Arys
    Greg Arys 9 months ago +2

    Vous les américains vous êtes malades en ce qui concerne le travail. Boulot, boulot et rien d´autre compte dans la vie. Juste de gagner toujours plus de pognons. Il y a d´autres valeurs plus important dans la vie. La famille, amitié, temps libre pour contempler le monde... Vous êtes obsédés par la réussite. Finalement vous êtes pauvres.

  • gingerandpippin
    gingerandpippin 9 months ago +5

    wow! I went to google him only to find out he died 3 years after this ted talk! What a shame he was still a relatively young guy! very interesting talk. I think it would have been interesting to also study what happens to 'unicorn' workers who love their jobs and are totally energised and lit up by it when they lose that spark - either because of a bad experience or because life gets in the way and they lose that thing that makes them sparkle. I used to be one of those unicorns and I wonder if the fallout from experience/life/redundancy etc hits people like me harder than someone who never had that. And are those people able to find that spark again? Would be an interesting study I think to play alongside this.

    • Sarah Lee
      Sarah Lee 9 months ago +2

      I would say yes. Hits you pretty hard. Happened to me too.
      You have to let go and dig deep. YOU are the one who can choose your attitude. You are the only one who can pick yourself up! Life happens to everyone. It will teach you that nothing is guaranteed and how to take the good, learn from the bad and move on.
      Cheers and bestest!

  • Adriana Lessa
    Adriana Lessa 9 months ago +5

    I’m so glad I dedicated 22 minutes of my life to watching Dr. Shanon! It was very enlightening and totally matches my experience. Amazing!

  • jinglebells55
    jinglebells55 10 months ago +1

    shop for boss, meh. I don't have to. Its a revolving door (for their bosses too).However, the statistics are about right. I do know of 2 bosses of the 18 or so i have had in the past 6 years that have elevated me into pleasure at work. Yeah, I said it. I have had pleasure at work.

  • Julie Fraioli
    Julie Fraioli 10 months ago +1

    I liked my job for 16 years, then obtained my dream job for the same company. Recent layoffs due to Amazon purchase led to the demise of my beloved job, and now I feel lost...

    • Lisa T
      Lisa T 3 months ago +1

      You might need to start over but that will take time. Be patient and realize you probably will never have somthing exactly the same but you will just need to carve out new and different things you can enjoy as much if not more than your old job. Good luck!

  • Susmita B
    Susmita B 10 months ago +1

    87% of people are not happy or engaged with their jobs!!! Loving your job is antidote to suffering...they created/made the love-worthy jobs. They are not found. wonder if this is also true of all business startups and solopreneurs?

    • Fearless
      Fearless 4 months ago

      Susmita B absolutely!

  • Angelicas Best Version
    Angelicas Best Version 10 months ago

    Brilliant! So, well said. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • aa dxb
    aa dxb 11 months ago +2

    Great talk but why do I get the feeling that he is pushing us to be Employees and job seekers?

  • dan damoy
    dan damoy 11 months ago +2

    This video lasts 22+ minutes. Good speech but I haven’t finished listening to it..

  • Xiaosong Rong
    Xiaosong Rong Year ago +3

    Great jobs are made, not found

  • Duggy Dugg
    Duggy Dugg Year ago

    My buddy irv was one of those people like uncle ray.. i would work for him on antique cars.. cycles.. trucks.. busses for bread and water.. sometimes for free....

  • Fash AddiX
    Fash AddiX Year ago

    Love this!

  • Roze E
    Roze E Year ago

    Yo i want to buy cake mixes

  • vsleboss cacakaka
    vsleboss cacakaka Year ago +1

    Before buying on gearbest, know that it's thieves.
    They do not repay,
    on google search for "Thieves Gearbest".

  • Gunjan Tiwari
    Gunjan Tiwari Year ago

    I love my job n l m going to love it until my life ll end

    • Bob Vila
      Bob Vila Year ago

      Gunjan Tiwari if I may ask, what kind of work do you do?

  • Bob Mag
    Bob Mag Year ago

    Great job!

  • Netzah
    Netzah Year ago

    'Uncle Ray'

  • Natasha Chiware
    Natasha Chiware Year ago +2

    How can you get an annoying Albanian and mother who don't believe in you! How can you get a work method kind of life style! How can I get used to getting up early and getting alone with colleagues is the main issue. How can keep a positive relationship with them so they look forward to seeing me everyday?

    • Lisa T
      Lisa T 3 months ago

      Well you cant force others to change But you can change how you percieve those things. Does it really matter that they dont believe in you? If it does then make them proud or make yourself proud so that it wont matter as much. You dont make yourself used to waking up early.... you need to watch mel robbins.

    • IMR
      IMR 6 months ago

      just trying and enjoying

  • Lynne Goodman
    Lynne Goodman Year ago +2

    I really like his voice.

  • שלמה קוגן

    Important video

  • oluwasanya taiwo
    oluwasanya taiwo Year ago +2

    Choose a job you love and you will never work a day.

  • Engenho Mental
    Engenho Mental Year ago +1

    The only way to have your dream job working for someone else is on dope. Either you create any mediocre task and start (trying) making a living out of it or you will be doomed to do what other people want you to... No illusions anymore.

    • Lisa T
      Lisa T 3 months ago

      Umm. Not really. Honestly i can safely say that dope will cause misery not happiness. Not every job will be enjoyable. Not every job is somthing you can change to fit you. But You can change how you percieve things.

  • Azucena Perez
    Azucena Perez Year ago +10

    What a great talk and full of truth! Worthy jobs are not found, they are made and you can design and architect yours.

  • t3b0g0
    t3b0g0 Year ago +7

    that was powerful yet straight forward and simple. i like this guy

  • Josee Noel
    Josee Noel Year ago

    he's full of himself that's for sure but not in a bad way!

  • Alik Elzin
    Alik Elzin Year ago +39

    Life design strategies?
    - Test drive the future.
    - Trust your gut.
    - Play to your strengths.
    - Craft your job.
    - Shop for the right boss.

    • Connor Ghabra
      Connor Ghabra 4 months ago

      Life design strategies:
      - Test drive the future.
      - Trust your gut.
      - Play to your strengths.
      - Craft your job.
      - BE your own boss.

    • Withy Octopus
      Withy Octopus 9 months ago

      Alik Elzin thank you for summarizing

  • Scott
    Scott Year ago +2

    Is it that I hate my job, or my job hates me? It's not that I want to do a bad job, or that I don't want to work, that's not the case. I don't even think I should be paid more to do what I do. I just think I should be able to find something that pays better. I can't do that. I have no actual value. I do a lot of free or I pay people because I want to do things. That's easy to do. Anyone can pay someone to do something for them, but very few people can do something they receive nothing for. Too bad that can't be something. A person who is self-motivated but suicidal because they have no self-worth at all. The lack of value makes you feel like you would rather just not exist. I've tried so hard to add value, but I just don't. Anyone can do what I do and the only value I add is that I do things for free or I pay people to do them. Here's $1500 dollars, can I help you market something. Or do you need research or analysis done - hours and hours of work? Why look on Upwork, I'll do it for nothing! I spend 30+ hours a week outside of work just doing things because if I don't, I'd just sit around. No one will hire me, and I have no value.
    I don't expect you care, but I need a record, something that can be found when I do finally decide that I can't exist anymore because there's just nothing I add to the world.
    I've heard it said best this way, "Being miserable with your life ruins every day, but suicide only ruins one."

    • Lisa T
      Lisa T 3 months ago

      Honestly i dont understand what your saying. Everyone has value. What you do has value even if you do it for free. A mom takes care of her kids for free but there is definately lots of value there. Suicides honestly hurt soo many people not just the one.
      You are capable of many things. Go and donate some time in a soup kitchen or some other project. Helping others is somthing you can do and adds value even if its just handing out a bowl of soup or showing an elderly person how to navigate facebook so they can see their kids gradkids and greatgrandkids. You have sooo much potential! Can you make someone smile tomorrow. Can you offer to hold the door for someone. Secretly shovel someones walks or mow their lawn if you know they struggle to do it themselves... Because you exist those things can happen. If you didnt then there would be at least 1 less smile that could have happened and if nothing else a smile is worth a million bucks! You never know if that smile you gave someone changed somthing in their life or the lives of others. It could be as simple as it brightening their mood so they called a friend who then had a better day because of the call and that could lead to sooo many positive ripples! Hope your feeling better!

    • J D
      J D Year ago +1

      How are you doing
      I hope things are better for you

  • Moses Godwin Joseph

    Your supervisor appreciates your hard work and you are happy and you love your job. SO, YOUR BOSS MAKES YOU HAPPY IN YOUR JOB.

    • dalangie
      dalangie 10 months ago +1

      Moses Godwin Joseph No, I have to contradict this. I had a job, where my boss, my colleagues and my patients appreciated me very much - and it still made me sick one day and I had to leave. The people you work with and for are one point for contentment, but not everything.

  • Platypus Paws
    Platypus Paws Year ago +1

    That was worth watching properly

  • Amanda Smith
    Amanda Smith 2 years ago +1

    I loved this! He should have way more likes!!

  • Meg Ortiz
    Meg Ortiz 2 years ago

    ehat if you loved your job but cannot do it anymore because you became physically disabled....then what....midlife lost all trying to reingage at 55.

    • Lisa T
      Lisa T 3 months ago

      Life throws curveballs at everyone. Watch some ted talks on the subject of handling adversity etc... Im sure in those years you gained allot of knowledge that im sure someone will find valuable. Get Creative! Im legally blind 75% of the time and have 20/20 vision otherwise but on a daily basis i dont know what itll be for that day. Makes planning and finding a job really really hard especially since i need a little adrenalin in any job i do. So i do Skip The Dishes! If you look and get creative or find others that are that can help you im sure there is another perfect job out there for you!

    • Riti Dwivedi
      Riti Dwivedi 2 years ago +3

      Create a job you love more than the one you had earlier!

  • Eliza Raffles
    Eliza Raffles 2 years ago +5

    ha ha ha he musthave seen my brother's feet.

  • Nefertiti Negus
    Nefertiti Negus 2 years ago

    Follow your passion

  • David Pinto
    David Pinto 2 years ago +5

    Why did he kept repeating certain end of phrases ? Have you noticed ?

    • Bella Rue
      Bella Rue 7 months ago

      I know its to emphasize but comes off condensing. He should work of that when he sees all of these comments.

    • raynon corre-estoque
      raynon corre-estoque 8 months ago

      David Pinto..... i think it's for emphasis purposes... 😀

    • Joe Waegnwyrtha
      Joe Waegnwyrtha 8 months ago +2

      Because he's a terrible speaker, and perhaps dyslexic. His script is long and difficult to remember so repeating the last few words helps him remember the next line

    • Chanti Queen
      Chanti Queen Year ago +6

      To re-enforce the important points and subconsciously make u remember them

    • Fabrice Izzo
      Fabrice Izzo Year ago +4

      David Pinto To emphasize his points.

  • melovescoffee
    melovescoffee 2 years ago +17

    Thank you Mr. Lopez. That was very helpful! I'm now going back to work a part time 'job' out of 10 years of disabillity. Something that hopefully suits me and my limited capabilities. Good colleagues and an understanding boss are absolutely the most important things. After thinking about it long and hard, i don't really care what it is i'm doing either. I might have to let go of the dream of being a gardener/nursery employee alltogether and do something else now. Sometimes it's better not to stick with what you were hoping for and chose another path to happyness. I know all about how aweful a perfectly good job can be with terrible colleagues and a helicopter boss/manager. I will not deal with that again.

  • Colleen Wenos
    Colleen Wenos 2 years ago +1

    Really good and helpful.

  • Bea M
    Bea M 2 years ago +12

    Bravo!!! 👏👏👏 Excellent Talk!!!

  • Joanne blows
    Joanne blows 2 years ago +4

    perfect the job you advice ...thank you....

  • Jonathan Lee
    Jonathan Lee 3 years ago +6

    Outstanding presentation.

  • Annabelle Rose
    Annabelle Rose 3 years ago +12

    Very good talk! Thanks so much for the insights...great jobs are made not found

  • NiharaNao
    NiharaNao 3 years ago +3

    Totally Agree!!! I want to love my job, so I will create it!

  • wetlazer
    wetlazer 3 years ago +19

    I'm really glad I stuck with this. At first I didn't like this, but then it got really good, and I loved his message. This is not something 'gurus' ever tell you. The examples were terrific.

  • wetlazer
    wetlazer 3 years ago +211

    He tends to repeat things a lot.
    He tends to repeat things a lot.

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      sheree Deese Month ago


    • Missy Gee
      Missy Gee 4 months ago

      +JENNIFER BUI Hahahah! I thought there was something up with the video coz I wasnt watching just listening...

    • Chelsea Hernandez
      Chelsea Hernandez 4 months ago

      I scrolled down the comment section to make sure my phone isn't broken, and this is what I read first, I can't even. 😂😂😂

    • Ann Marruffo
      Ann Marruffo 5 months ago +1

      Word repetition is a psychology trick,Done intentionally to manipulate your mind!

    • Criesinspvnish
      Criesinspvnish 6 months ago

      Working in customer service you have to repeat yourself abt three times. It’s very common.

  • tiffany caparas
    tiffany caparas 3 years ago +3

    try psychology books it will help you also a lot I studied Psychology n I majored it!

    • Mohammed Javed
      Mohammed Javed Year ago

      tiffany caparas I am indian who shifted from Saudi Arabia...I am down with my 10th and now I am really psycology considered good in other countries

    • Shannon Sunshine
      Shannon Sunshine 2 years ago

      tiffany caparas what do you recommend????

  • Dusan Stanojkovic
    Dusan Stanojkovic 3 years ago +30

    This is what i call an effective speech,unlike the rest,this guy just sticks with the subject,not wandering around,showing great examples,and approving my thoughts on this,and widening my view.Great way to show to others your way of thinking on this matter,and i thank You now wherever You are,for i learned a few things from You sir.

    • Joshua Reynolds
      Joshua Reynolds 3 years ago +3

      and I like how he drives important points home by repeating them