Quote of the Day – Daniel H. Pink on Creativity and Motivating Others

“Intrinsic motivation is conducive to creativity; controlling extrinsic motivation is detrimental to creativity.”

- Daniel H. Pink , “Drive”

Just briefly today, I wanted to throw out a quote that applies to many of us – whether we realize it or not.  In his book, “Drive:  The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”, Daniel H. Pink discusses how Intrinsic motivation is they key to true motivation for many different types of tasks, especially anything requiring creativity.

Intrinsic motivation, as he defines it, is “the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing”.  This is different from extrinsic motivation, which would be motivation through the use of external factors such as the promise of rewards or the threat of punishment (the “carrots or sticks” theory of motivation).

As I said, this is a brief topic for today.  We don’t have time to get into in-depth discussion, so I’ll leave you with a few thoughts to ponder:

  • What intrinsically motivates you?  If you can find that – you can leverage that to be more productive and more satisfied in your work and life.
  • If you manage others in the workplace, how can you discover what intrinsically motivates the people that work for you?
  • How might this apply to your children?  Speaking from experience, getting kids to comply to requests because they *want* to is far more effective than getting compliance via one-time rewards or threats.

We’ll revisit this idea at some point (or points) in the future!

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