How can you motivate yourself?

Love can motivate you to succeed.

Daniel Pink's new book entitled, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us cites research showing that we are motivated...not by reward and punishment as we have believed, but by three things we love the most. Here is what apparently drives us:

  1. Autonomy--the love of doing your own thing. This can also be seen as the love of freedom.

  2. Mastery--when we are free to do our own thing, we love to get good at it. You know the feeling of mastery? Of course you do...we are all masters in the area of our chosen passion. (And by the way, this has nothing to do with what anybody else thinks of your results!)

  3. Purpose--this is where we rise to the highest and best in our heart and soul. We want to make a difference, make a contribution. We are good, and this book proves it in many surprising ways.

So...as much as you can, in as many ways as possible, do what you want to do. Do it enough that you get really good at it, and make sure it's connected with a sense of purpose that has meaning and value for you. Then you will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, optimistic and committed to your life's work!

Examples of this from Pink's book include open source technology such as Linux--a major competitor to Microsoft Windows and currently used by over 50% of world businesses, and Wikipedia, now the largest encyclopedia in the world. People who power open source software do not get paid--they are motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose.

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