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Daniel proposes in his book, “Drive,” that naturally, everyone is born with the innate sense of curiosity, and are people who are intrinsically motivated. Autonomy, mastery, and purpose, are the three keys to motivation, and that intrinsically motivated people will be motivated by these factors, not due to some external force.
Daniel brings up a good point here; when people push you to do something, either by providing a reward/punishment, it’s very easy to destroy someone’s creativity and motivation. This “carrot on a stick” approach to motivating tends to be ineffective, even counter-productive to progress, due to making a task about getting the reward/punishment, not due to some meaningful goal. In every way that you act, always consider this: “One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself.”
The desire to do something because you find it deeply satisfying and personally challenging inspires the highest levels of creativity, whether it’s in the arts, sciences, or business. Motivation, or at least the ones that last, are the ones that come from within, not from someone else, or the things around you. Daniel really hit the nail on the head on that one.
 

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This is a fantastic book...
the subject matter reaches beyond the business world.
This is about life.
This is about finding your inner flame and therefore being
able to understand the inner flame of other people.
Understanding what makes you tick,
will give you insight as to what makes others tick...
and therefore allows you a better opportunity to influence
everyone from your combative teenager to your worst employee...
and more....
I cannot say enough about this book!!
Thank you Daniel Pink!!!
 

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The first book that I want to read it over and over again. That's about an essential key and elements to apply either at work, home, college, or community in general.

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This book is absolutely a guide to the times now! Eye-opening and powerful.
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This book explains what most satisfies people in their work: autonomy, competence, and relevance. It describes seven scientifically proven reasons why the carrot-and-stick motivation that worked for 20th century factory workers is a disaster for 21st century knowledge workers. It's a must-read for managers, and might help anyone who wants some insight on how to make their own career more satisfying. 

Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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If you're tired of carrots and sticks as extrinsic motivators in the workplace, this is the book for you. Pink argues that intrinsic motivators are superior for achieving results in today's "workplace ... Read full review

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