In this interview, I talk with Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
Pink says the conversation about motivation has either been about survival (eat, sleep, sex) or sticks and carrots (rewards and punishments). The trouble is that most work today involves creativity and creativity suffers when we use sticks and carrots. Motivation 3.0 is about autonomy, mastery, and purpose. If you don’t know the work of Edward Deci or Carol Dweck, you should definitely check this one out.
This is the nature of mastery: Mastery is an asymptote.
You can approach it. You can hone it. You can get really, really, really close to it. But…, you can never touch it. Mastery is impossible to realize fully. (p117-118)
Other highlighted books:
- Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation by Edward Deci with Richard Flaste
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck