The Drive

Just finished reading another tremendous book called, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” and also did the survey recommended by the author on this link.


Daniel Pink in his home office in Washington, DC.

After the survey, I have learned that I am,

Based on my responses, we assess your behavior as mostly Type X. (For definitions of the two types, see below.)

Type I behavior: A way of thinking and an approach to life built around intrinsic, rather than extrinsic, motivators. It is powered by our innate need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Type X behavior: Behavior that is fueled more by extrinsic desires than intrinsic ones and that concerns itself less with the inherent satisfaction of an activity and more with the external rewards to which that activity leads.

What does it all mean? I am simply more driven by External rewards, or money.  Another words, I am motivated towards money not enjoying what real pleasures of life really is about such as living for a cause.

This book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H Pink, I selected this book to figure out what determine what motivates me and others.

What I learned from this book are:
• The rise and fall of motivation, why the stick and carrot don’t work anymore.
• The three elements of motivation
o Autonomy
o Mastery
o Purpose
• Take away: By allowing people to be open and free with their assignments (Autonomy), you actually motivate them. That offering bonuses and “gifts” for performance can actually make people perform at a lower standard. Self-gratification can be the best reward out there.


Drive by Daniel Pink

Useful Idea: Autonomy=independence or freedom. I struggle with autonomy. I prefer structure and organization. I need to find a way to be open and flourish with independence and freedom. I was once creative and open in my youth. I need to get some of that back and be able to be more creative. When we were kids, the natural curiosity to learn something each and every moment in daily life is what I need to get it back.

Here are two questions I have to address to get my MOJO back:

1. What is my sentence?

2. Was I better today than yesterday?

 What is your sentence? Is your today better than yesterday? – SjC

One Response to “The Drive”

  1. Nathan May 24, 2013 at 10:23 am Permalink

    Again, another book I’ll have to look into reading. I am getting quite the reading list from this site.

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