Daniel Pink, the author of the book Drive: the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, said there are three things people want to get out of the things they choose to do in life:
- Autonomy: People want to have control over their work
- Mastery: People want to get better at what they do
- Purpose: People want to be part of something that is bigger than they are
Drive, our reading challenge selection from the beginning of this year, made the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, LA Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, and was one of amazon.com’s top 50 best sellers for all of 2010.
According to Pink, the secret to high performance and personal satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is satisfying our deeply-human need to direct our own lives, learn and create new things, and do better by ourselves and our world.
My sincere thanks to everyone who submitted an essay about what this book meant to them, how it helped them in their work, and how it changed their lives. And my heartfelt congratulations to our two winners, Christian Lerner (Austria) and Dr. Michael Speth (Germany) for submitting excellent, moving articles and winning those iPads. That’s right, because of their quality entries, I decided to award two iPads!
Watch for passages from their essays in upcoming blog posts. Now go, read another book!