Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us


Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:

*Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives
*Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters
*Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

Title:Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:242 pages

    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Reviews

  • Ken

    Why am I writing this review on Goodreads, anyway? I'm not getting paid for it. There are plenty of other things I should be doing. And it's not like I have a coterie of devoted followers waiting with...

  • Paul Eckert

    I can think of a few alternate titles for this book.?The Art of Beating a Dead Horse: Your Guide to Regurgitating the Same Point in Every Chapter??How to Filter Years of Other People?s Researc...

  • Ian

    From the Fictive Desk of D.J. Ian:The End is Much More Exciting than It Was Once Upon a TimeThe story of GoodBetterBestReads has really only just begun, but we have already become the world?s larges...

  • Trevor

    This book comes with its own summary ? a very handy thing:?COCKTAIL PARTY SUMMARYWhen it comes to motivation, there?s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current busines...

  • Laura

    What frustrates me is the main premise has a contradiction that is never addressed. He begins the book with some research on monkeys that demonstrated an innate interest in solving puzzles. He then go...

  • Jeanette

    So, I listened to this entire book about motivation, and I can't figure out why I don't feel motivated to write a review. No carrot, no stick, no review....

  • Phoebe

    Only the first chapter is necessary. The rest is repetitious and filled with soon-to-be-obsolete computer metaphors.However, I've been thinking a lot about this book since I read it (a few weeks ago?)...

  • Doug

    Some good ideas, but for once I'd like to see a book where the case studies about flexible scheduling and autonomy don't involve software companies or consultants. I'd like to see an example where the...

  • Donalyn

    Reading Pink's book, I endlessly thought about teachers and what motivates us (it's NOT merit-pay) and students and what motivates them to read (it's not pizza coupons or AR points). Funny, insightful...

  • Ryan

    In Drive, Daniel H. Pink suggests that there is a gap between what "science knows and what business does." I was not shocked to learn that this gap exists, and I attributed Pink's decision to emphasiz...