Why do we love our jobs?

This is the first episode that features a guest! Paul Tern, a Cambridge-grad junior doctor who works in London, joins the discussion about why we love our jobs. We start off with some meandering around the history of the 'I want to enjoy my job' mentality, and then share our personal experiences and philosophies about what it means to have fun at work.


At the start of the episode, we wonder whether the concept of 'I should enjoy my job' is a modern invention. We quickly abandon the topic because it becomes evident that we have no historical context to back up our theories. 

We then explore the reasons why we each 'enjoy' the jobs that we do, and even taking a step back, how to measure/define something as multifactorial as 'job satisfaction'. We conclude that a big part of what makes a job fun is our own perspective (ie: talking ourselves into believing that we're having fun makes it so), but also things like the intellectual challenge, the room for growth and learning, and the people that we work with. 

This week's guest

Dr Paul Tern is a junior doctor working in London. Other than being fiercely academic, he's passionate about encouraging people to explore interests outside of narrow fields like Medicine and Engineering. He's working on setting up his own podcast, and has been a close friend of Ali's since they met at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. 


  1. Taimur, please populate this. I'm about to go to work :/ 

What is this?

Not Overthinking is a podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. We talk about things to help us think, do, and be better. Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.

Who are we?

Ali is a junior doctor and YouTuber working in Cambridge, UK. He makes videos about medicine, technology, productivity and lifestyle design. His links: YouTube, Blog, Newsletter, Instagram

Taimur is a data scientist and writer, working at Retool, an SF-based startup. He writes on his blog and as a columnist for Medium. His links: Blog, Twitter, Medium, Instagram

Hosted by Ali and Taimur Abdaal.