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February 13, 2011 / assembled

The Science of Motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Every once and a while there is a TED talk that really stands out – this is one of them, and I highly encourage that you watch it. Not only is Dan’s message poignant, but also very relevant. In the midst of job searches and applications, transitions, and restlessness, it is important that we return to a very basic understanding of what work should really be…

“People motivated by monetary success aren’t as successful as people who are motivated by other things like autonomy, purpose, mastery; work that matters. Don’t waste your time trying to be successful, spend your time creating value. If you are valuable, then you will attract success..”

– Dan Pink

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  1. Jessica Taylor / Mar 10 2011 11:34 am

    Thanks for directing me to this TEDtalk! Dan Pink has a great presentation style. I really enjoyed listening to him speak about motivation for the 21st century. Actually, while I was listening to the talk, I also had the morning news on in the background. They were doing a story about apps that monitor gas prices and remarked that these apps are becoming really valuable because many people will take a moment while pumping their gas to ad to the database of gas prices for the benefit of other drivers. This example of using social media in crowd-sourcing really reiterates the message in Pink’s presentation. It’s like he says, people are motivated by “the desire to do things because they matter, because we like it, because they’re interesting, because they are part of something important.” We’re using our collective cognitive surplus to do some really amazing things with technology. As we become more connected through social media, I think this intrinsic motivation will only become stronger.

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