How to understand the motivation for work explains Sachin Karpe. Most people have to work for a living. Earning the money to maintain a comfortable and secure life-style would be on most peoples’ list of reasons for working. Unless you have a generous family inheritance or have won the lottery, you will trade the value of your thought and/or your muscle for the symbolic value of pieces of green paper bearing pictures of dead presidents. This money will then be traded for other things of value that sustain and enrich your life. Explore the many reasons experts say we want to work. One approach to understanding the motivation to work is to examine it in terms of psychological theory says Sachin Karpe.