Drive by Daniel H. Pink

DriveWhy am I writing all of these posts, anyway? Last I checked I never received a single cent for any of them. More so, why did I go through the trouble of migrating everything from Medium to my personal website? Well, Drive explains. I am doing it for myself, I am doing it because it is meaningful to me, and when that is at play, money takes the backseat. Why do I volunteer and lead intercultural seminars at every opportunity, spend so much of my time when I could instead be making money? I choose how I spend my free time and it just so happens to be that reading and writing about such books, or being an intercultural trainer, is something I deem worthy enough.

Would I do it if I received money for it? I would, but it would certainly be different. I would approach this work in a different way and might not be as motivated to do it. I know I certainly would not be this motivated if I had someone breathing down my neck telling me I need to hand in that training session outline or finish that book by the end of the afternoon or else. The work would get done, sure, but I would not be constantly looking for ways to improve, and it is very likely I would not spend my free time with it.

Drive helps us see motivation in a different light. It is clear that a book is well researched when the author cites an experiment or study every five or so pages, and this is exactly what it does. Grounded in the last breakthroughs in psychology, it gives us a way to look at our work, our organizations, and even our education from a different perspective. There is a long way to go before the way organizations are led meets their employees’ needs and what science backs, but it gives us an optimistic outlook. There has been a fair number of initiatives and more are coming up as well.

You can find Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us on Amazon.

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