Motivate yourself to Perform better: Dan Pink bestselling author.



Dan Pink is a best-selling author and his books concentrate on business, work, and management. They have sold more than two million copies worldwide.

In this talk Dan tells us how striving for autonomy (freedom to do tasks in our own way), mastery (improve at what matters to us) and purpose (working for something bigger than ourselves) will make us perform better.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all three?

An ex colleague of mine from PwC recommended this video to me. I am grateful to her for that.

If we are motivated we perform better.

Here are my 3 key takeaways from this TED talk:

  1. We are brought up to believe that monetary incentives make us work harder and more efficiently. This can be true where a narrow focus is required and the solution is obvious but if ‘outside the box’ thinking is required it often doesn’t hold true.
  2. Creative people thrive on autonomy, this is where they are given/give themselves a desired outcome and they can choose the path. Autonomy costs nothing but intrinsically motivates people as they feel their unique set of skills are valued.
  3. “There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does”. Dan bases his talk around this. I find this very important from a performance perspective. We must question everything and when assembling a team have people in it who will question us.

It is natural to lack motivation at times. If this is the case it is often because we don’t celebrate or give ourselves credit for the little things enough e.g. doing our weekly shop or cooking a healthy meal. These are NOT things we HAVE TO DO so don’t treat them like that, you could have ordered takeaway instead.

If we are consistently lacking in motivation it can mean that we are on the wrong path and need a change. We should also talk to someone close to us or a medical health professional in this scenario.

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