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Drive by Daniel H. Pink
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Apr 23, 12

Read in February, 2012

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H Pink
I selected this book to listen to because I struggle to determine what motivates me. I thought this would provide me some insight to how I can challenge myself and motivate myself to become more engaged in what I am currently doing. The ideas in this book are good, but not what I expected. Some things I will take with me, others were not sticky enough.
My learnings from this book are:
• The rise and fall of motivation, why the stick and carrot don’t work anymore.
• The three elements of motivation
o Autonomy
o Mastery
o Purpose

ONE THING I TOOK AWAY: By allowing people to be open and free with their assignments (Autonomy), you actually motivate them. That offering bonuses and “gifts” for performance can actually make people perform at a lower standard. Self gratification can be the best reward out there.
WHAT I WILL APPLY: Autonomy=independence or freedom. I struggle with autonomy. I prefer structure and organization. I need to find a way to be open and flourish with independence and freedom. I was once creative and open in my youth. I need to get some of that back and be able to be more creative, maybe it’s the lack of autonomy in my recent past that has prevented this.
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