What drives you?

What motivates you? This is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. Whether applied to work, school, or home life, understanding your motivation is vital to success and long-term achievement.

When speaking of motivation though, doesn’t it seem like some people just have it? Some individuals seem so driven to attack life and excel at everything they do. Today I’ll talk about the science of motivation as presented in the book  Drive by Daniel Pink.

One of the greatest challenges facing leaders today is how to motivate those you lead. Of course, this is because each person you lead, whether your child, employee, or teammate is different. What may work to inspire one individual definitely will not work for another. 

I’ll review Daniel Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Daniel Pink is one of the great thinkers in the realm of leadership and business. His excellent TED on this topic is one of the top ten highest viewed of all time.  He reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell in his ability to challenge my thinking, and if you listen into the podcast you can hear what Gladwell has to say about this fantastic book.

Pink’s very helpful “cocktail party summary” of the book’s message is this: “When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.”

Join me on the podcast today as I discuss each of these principles in greater detail and as I review this game-changer of a book. It might just change your own game!

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