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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Daniel H. Pink backs up what he claims are the three great motives of autonomy, mastery, and purpose with substantial scientific evidence in “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” This bestselling book outlines the techniques necessary to transform your career or your life. Pink also provides real tools for readers to use to start meaningful conversations and improve their skills along the way. You may find yourself questioning everything that you think you know about motivation. It is up to you to weigh the information that Pink presents: You certainly need to earn money to live, but there is more to life than just finances.


The central theme reveals that people are motivated by many rewards outside of money, such as power, self-fulfillment, or popularity. Building on ideas from other prominent thinkers, such as Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s “flow,” Pink leads you away from the old “carrot-and-stick” performance model to one based on enjoying what you do. He attempts to bring more science into business rather than the guesswork that mainly directs policy for so many companies. This big-picture philosophy has already begun to inspire leaders everywhere to create more adaptive and motivating workplaces for their employees. It can also help you overcome the roadblocks to your personal goals, such as weight loss or a home project.


When you learn to be self-sufficient in whatever it is that you do, the reasoning goes that you will feel more confident. Pink points out that it is much easier to master something if you love doing it. Plus, you can then feel fulfilled in a way that monetary rewards cannot achieve. The author provides many case studies, including Wikipedia’s rise in popularity, to show how these factors can trump traditional incentives. No matter where you are on your career ladder or in life, there is something to take away from this title.

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