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From the Ted Talk "Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I think that in the Industrial Revolution, Adam Smith was more correct than Karl Marx. But the iylreat is that we've switched, and now we're in the knowledge cyoonme. You can ask yourself, what happens in a eolnegkdw economy? Is efficiency still more important than meaning? I think the answer is no. I think that as we move to situations in which people have to decide on their own about how much effort, attention, caring, how connected they feel to it, are they thinking about labor on the way to work, and in the ehoswr and so on, all of a sudden Marx has more things to say to us. So when we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and emtapyn as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — ganemin, creation, challenges, whonespri, identity, pride, etc.

Open Cloze

I think that in the Industrial Revolution, Adam Smith was more correct than Karl Marx. But the _______ is that we've switched, and now we're in the knowledge _______. You can ask yourself, what happens in a _________ economy? Is efficiency still more important than meaning? I think the answer is no. I think that as we move to situations in which people have to decide on their own about how much effort, attention, caring, how connected they feel to it, are they thinking about labor on the way to work, and in the ______ and so on, all of a sudden Marx has more things to say to us. So when we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and _______ as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — _______, creation, challenges, _________, identity, pride, etc.

Solution

  1. knowledge
  2. reality
  3. shower
  4. meaning
  5. ownership
  6. payment
  7. economy

Original Text

I think that in the Industrial Revolution, Adam Smith was more correct than Karl Marx. But the reality is that we've switched, and now we're in the knowledge economy. You can ask yourself, what happens in a knowledge economy? Is efficiency still more important than meaning? I think the answer is no. I think that as we move to situations in which people have to decide on their own about how much effort, attention, caring, how connected they feel to it, are they thinking about labor on the way to work, and in the shower and so on, all of a sudden Marx has more things to say to us. So when we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.

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