When choosing a career, it is important to determine the dominant focus of your motivation, Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director for the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School, writes in this blog post. Those with a promotion focus are motivated by innovation and risk, while those with a prevention focus are more motivated by details and reliability. "Knowing your dominant focus, you can now evaluate how well-suited you are motivationally to different kinds of careers, or different positions in your organization," she writes.

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