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“Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”
by
Daniel H. Pink

7 April 2023

The book, in one sentence

  • Loneliness is a universal human experience that can drive us to seek connection and avoid isolation.
  • While we all handle loneliness differently, we share an interesting biological tendency to avoid loneliness.
  • Understanding this evolutionary bias in an increasingly digital world can help us consciously navigate our excessive scrolling on social media and prioritize authentic human connections.

Short Summary

“Drive explores the science of motivation and challenges traditional notions of what drives us to our best performance.

Pink argues that individuals are more motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose and that traditional motivators such as rewards and punishments are ineffective in the long term.

The importance of intrinsic motivation and the role that autonomy, mastery, and purpose play in driving performance is emphasized throughout the book.

Pink provides practical guidance and examples to help us tap into our intrinsic motivation and achieve greater success and fulfillment in our work and lives.


Three key takeaways

  1. Traditional motivators, such as rewards and punishments, are ineffective in the long run.
  2. The key drivers of intrinsic motivation are autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
  3. Increased performance, satisfaction, and fulfillment can be achieved by tapping into intrinsic motivation.

Why Should I Read This Book?

“Drive offers a fresh perspective on motivation and practical guidance on harnessing our intrinsic motivation for greater success and fulfillment.

Pink’s insights and examples are particularly valuable, and the book’s focus on autonomy, mastery, and purpose can help readers achieve greater success in every area of life.

Where to buy Drive

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