Drive: The Surprising Truth About Motivation

Motivation. Have you ever thought about what motivates you?

Everyone has different drivers and different motivations because everyone is unique. Traditionally, companies have attached a huge amount of importance to money as a way of motivating the workforce. We see it in every industry. High rewards for high performers, low rewards for low performers.

I heard something recently that challenged that idea. In fact, it pretty much turned that idea on it’s head. Motivation doesn’t work the way you think it does.

The traditional ‘carrot & stick’ method of incentivising and rewarding employees does not work in the way ┬áthat you might expect. In fact, this method only works effectively if the task involved uses only mechanical skill. Once the task called for even rudimentary cognitive skill, the higher the reward leads to poorer performance.

Does that sound strange? I bet you are nodding!

Well, it turns out that there are three things that really drive our motivation:

1. Autonomy

2. Mastery

3. Purpose

Dan Pink is an author who has written 5 pretty provocative books. Watch his video below and listen to his very interesting insight on what really motivates us:

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Chris Morrow

Digital Recruiter | Vlogger at ChrisMorrow.Careers
Chris Morrow is a Digital Recruiter & Vlogger. He posts videos to YouTube & Facebook in a weekly vlog called "My Journey" which documents his journey through his recruitment career. Find out more about him here: