Comparison Between Dumaine and Sample and Caproni

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Work Hard, Live Happily: modern world's view on work In the modern world, an increasing number of people approach the word "work" with more psychological pursuits instead of moneytary needs. In the article, "Why Do We Work?....", Brian Dumaine and Ann Sample clearly show the transition of people's mindsets toward the purposes of work -- from material needs to psychological pursuits. In another article "Work/Life Balance: You can't get there from here", Paula J. Caproni introduces her failure in pursuing the work/life balance which is greatly promoted by organizational scholars, and she eventually turns to set living a fulfilling life as her life goal. Although the two articles discuss different topics -- purposes' of work and work/life balance -- the articles are similar in that they show a change in people's attitude towards work. In addition, they both use personal experiences to support the idea that we should promote working and live according to our personal beliefs over any other reason. First, Dumaine and Sample and Caproni all show their changing attitudes toward work, with the former exploring changes in the meaning of work and the latter exploring changes in people's attitudes towards work/life balance. In Dumaine and Sample's article, not only do people gain money and desirable products after work, but they also realize work's meaning that provides fulfillment such as obtaining communication, coordination and teamwork skills. Therefore people do change to not work for money but find work's meanings that may improve themselves. For Caproni, she shows a change from focusing on perfect work/life balance to focusing on living a self-satisfactory life. Her experience helps with illustrating the point that attempting to balance her life by working extremely efficiently, whereas later she felt a sense of being hurt because her "increased focus and
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