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The surprising truth about what motivates us

>> 13 October 2010

Are you motivated right now? Why? Why not?

Does your job suck?

What would need to happen for it to be good or even great?

  • More money? 
  • More / less responsibility? 
  • A new boss?
  • A new job?
  • More challenges?
  • More freedom?

What is it that actually gets you motivated?

Dan Pink who wrote the excellent 'A whole new mind' gives us the surprising truth about what motivates us.

So, money is a motivator in some situations only. It's extrinsic.

  1. Autonomy: I like to decide how and when I do things
  2. Mastery: I like to get better at it
  3. Purpose: I want to make a contribution
are intrinsic motivators that have a much bigger chance of making us happy people.

So how can you change your work or that of others today to add these three elements to it?


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