Drops from the Fire Hose – August 29, 2012

Some of the more recent editions (versions?) of “Drops from the Fire Hose” have included just a single article. As a result, I’ll try to make sure that the next few have more than one article.

10 Reasons Why Some People Love What They Do — Forbes

Continuing my research into what motivates highly respected achievers, I’ve come across a few gleaming nuggets of a subject that eludes most of us – what makes some people truly love their jobs.  And by “love” I don’t mean that they never have a day when they’d rather be doing anything but their job, but rather that they experience a consistent contentment with what they do.  For the most part, these are the people that get up thinking about what’s going to happen at work that day, minus the impending sense of dread many of us have as we’re brushing our teeth. To the contrary, they wake up to a challenge – which is a nice segue into the first item on this list.

What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed — Fast Company

Early birds get all the credit. Research indicates that morning people tend to be more active and goal oriented, and such larks as Steve Jobs, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and 25-year old David Karp, founder of the Tumblr blogging platform suggest that climbing the ladder of success is easier before breakfast.

So does that mean night owls are at a disadvantage? Research by Satoshi Kanazawa and colleagues at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests no. The group discovered significant differences in sleep preferences and found that people with higher IQs are more likely to be night owls. They found an evolutionary shift from being active in the day towards nightly pursuits and that those individuals who preferred to stay up late demonstrated “a higher level of cognitive complexity.” Researchers from Belgium and Switzerland studying sleep habits found that early risers needed more rest than their nocturnal counterparts and didn’t focus as well later in the day as those who slept in.

Where you’re 18 times more likely to find a job — CNNMoney

The Brookings report analyzed the educational requirements for new jobs in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. It found that places with a greater concentration of college graduates have better job prospects for both those with degrees and those who just finished high school.

That’s because educated workers tend to be paid more and spend more on restaurants, shopping and personal services — all of which are often staffed by people who didn’t go to college, said Jonathan Rothwell, senior policy analyst at Brookings, who authored the report.

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