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What motivates us to work?

What motivates us to work?  Is it recognition, independence, money,  challenge,  self-esteem, creative expression or personal growth?  Finding what motivates us  can help us to approach our work with vitality and purpose.

In this interesting TED talk, Daniel Pink explains that rewards work well for tasks with a simple set of rules and a clear destination to move toward.  That is, they work well for routine, rule-based, left-brained work–which includes things such as certain kinds of accounting,  kinds of computer programming, and so on. These are the kinds of jobs that are easy to automate and outsource.

For tasks that require creativity and innovation, rewards produce the opposite of their intended result: they dull thinking and block creativity.  People who are very creative rely on intrinsic motivation, instead of external rewards.

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  1. April 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    ”That is, they work well for routine, rule-based, left-brained work–which includes things such as certain kinds of accounting, kinds of computer programming, and so on”.

    Does it hold an implication for the people of India, among whom comes the majority doing these jobs?

    • April 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Hi Prasanna – I believe that it is not just monetary benefit that motivates. We all yearn for some appreciation and encouragement:). ..for those routine jobs that are rule-based a bonus would work to motivate.

  2. April 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    That is an interesting postulate. Money is not the driving factor for all.

  3. April 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for introducing me too Ted Talk, loved it:)

  4. Summer Rain
    May 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Really nice speech,I have shared it on Facebook too. 🙂 And a nice blog you have here. Will keep coming back to read more. 🙂

  5. May 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

    That was me, from Red earth and Pouring Rain, you had left a comment on my blog this morning. 🙂

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