Overcome Your Work Addiction – Leslie A. Perlow – HBS Faculty – Harvard Business Review

But what are you addicted to? Your wireless device? Work? These are the most common suspects, but I would argue that many — if not most — of us are addicted to success. We are successaholics not workaholics. We’re obsessed with work because of the satisfaction we get from the kudos for achievement, not because of some deep-seeded satisfaction from working long hours, as an end in itself. And what this means is that it is the definition of success, not some ingrained personality issue, that is at the source of why we are always on. If this is true, then turning off requires changing what we value in each other, not changing ourselves.

Read more: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbsfaculty/2012/05/overcome-your-work-addiction.html?cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-weekly_hotlist-_-hotlist050712&referral=00202&utm_source=newsletter_weekly_hotlist&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hotlist050712

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