I was recently given some additional responsibilities at work. At first, I was a little apprehensive about the nature of the work. I was enjoying my current work - which was basically full time development - software coding. This was more on the creative side, more marketing related. I had a meeting with my manager. He gave me complete freedom to do the work the way I wanted. I was enthused.
I got down to the task at hand. I looked at what we had currently. It was pretty bad. I felt an overhaul was needed. I got down to putting together something from scratch. I started enjoying it thoroughly. I never thought I would enjoy something like this so much.
Its not as if I have never attempted something like this before. I think it was the freedom to build this the way I thought was appropriate that did it.
In any job, I feel, the amount of freedom a person gets largely influences his efforts and his enthusiasm. If the boss keeps telling you what to do, well, she might as well do it herself. It is extremely important for a person to use his head while doing his work. Merely listening to what your boss has told you to do and then doing it can become very boring and frustrating in the long run.
On the other hand, if your boss tells you the larger objectives of the work and then allows you to fulfill those objectives in a manner you think right, the results can often be stunning. Each person has a creative side to him. It feels nice to use it. When you have achieved the objectives in the end, it feels really great because you have done it. Not merely followed what someone else told you to.