I Tracked My Career Satisfaction for 12 Years. These 6 Ingredients Matter Most

(as originally published in inc. magazine)

Annual performance reviews have always reminded me of doctor visits.

Manager: “Hi, Mike. Good to see you. How would you say you’ve been doing this past year?”

Me: (Unable to remember much prior to today’s lunch, let alone nine months ago)
“Pretty good, I guess.”

Manager: (Nods reflectively) “Uh-huh. Reviewing your file here, I’d say your blood pressure…