In “The Game of Work,” Charles Coonradt addressed the question of why people prefer hobbies to work. He identified five key factors that make hobbies more appealing than work:
- Clearly defined goals: Hobbies often have clear goals that provide a sense of direction and purpose.
- Better scorekeeping and scorecards: Hobbies often have systems in place for tracking progress and performance.
- More frequent feedback: Hobbies often provide regular feedback on progress, which can be motivating.
- A higher degree of personal choice of methods: Hobbies often allow people to choose their own methods for achieving goals, which can be more satisfying than being told how to do something.
- Consistent coaching: Hobbies often involve coaching or mentorship, which can help people develop new skills and improve their performance.