Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Book Review

“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.”
-Daniel Pink

All in all, I found Drive to be extremely fascinating. Daniel Pink’s arguments which are backed by science shows what really motivates you. Props to Pink for his excellent delivery. Not only is the content thought-provoking, it is also entertaining.

Twitter summary: Daniel Pink’s Drive is an entertaining and engaging book on the discovery of what really motivates people. Spoiler alert: It’s not money

Elevator summary: The way of motivating people by extrinsic rewards  is the old way of thinking and does not promote effective creativity and problem solving. In fact, it can demotivate people. Instead, workers should be provided with three elements that are referred to intrinsic rewards: autonomy—the urge to be self-directed, mastery—the will to excel at something that matters, and purpose—the longing to work on something much bigger than yourself.

Money is an important element for workers but it isn’t the sole factor. The amount of money provided should be sufficient to cover the their needs. This should be enough so that money is now taken off the table.

Is money still a motivator? You bet. But it is not a sustainable motivator for the long haul. There must be more at play instead of money in order to attain long-term happiness, fulfillment, and success.

Drive will show you the way.


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