In his new book: Drive, Daniel H. Pink argues that people are actually driven by different motivations than what we commonly assume. For example, Pink persuasively argues that people are not motivated by money (the carrot and stick approach) but by a desire for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. You can imagine the implications that learning about these motivations can have on your life. You’ll be more effective in the workplace, raising children, or in any situation where you interact with people.
Even if you don’t need to motivate a person to do something, you’ll still have a more profound understanding of what’s driving them to act the way that they are. However, be warned that some reviewers have commented that the book is padded with filler, and the core essence can actually be gleaned from Pink’s TED talk. The truth of this statement is up for debate, but whether you choose to read Drive or watch the TED talk, you should learn about what Pink has to say about our motivations.
Learn More: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink