What Motivates You?

In my desperate search of something that might distract me after giving up my yoga classes for about a year now, I found this thought-provoking illustration from Dan Pink regarding the surprising truth about what motivates us. Results are mind-blowing and demonstration is practical, applicable not only to the corporate world but also to our normal daily lives.
People often say motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily. --Zig Ziglar
Motivation. This powerful word is what keeps us going, to do what we ought to do. To have good reason to wake up in the morning. To execute better and make that extra mile that keeps us apart from others. But in a world full of distractions and seemingly important things, where do we draw our inspiration?

The greatest take-away is when Dan describe the three factors that leads to better performance and personal satisfaction after taking money out of the equation. Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose. Autonomy is our desire to be self-directed, which is one factor to make employees engaged in their work. One day of autonomy can produces enormous things that never emerged. Mastery is our urge to get better at stuff. Finding something that is challenging, being able to master it and make a contribution. Purpose, finding that transcendent motive that directs the entire organization more than profit. Being involved in something that makes an impact and and make the world a little bit better to live. Three words, unlimited force, tremendous impact.


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