A thought-provoking TED video

May 9, 2011

I ran into this video today. It made me think. I like when something makes me think. I hope it makes you think, too.

As a self-employed businessperson/geek, motivation, and figuring out how to self-motivate and turn that into profitable action, is of utmost importance. For me, it’s a constant area of improvement. As it should be, I suppose.

(If you aren’t willing to dedicate 18 minutes to it, at least catch the last 60 seconds.)

I like how Daniel proves us wrong about the “fact” that people who are offered the biggest rewards perform the best, no matter the task at hand.

Interesting, eh?

Interesting, if you’re self-employed and have to self-motivate.
Interesting, if you’re a manager and have a team of employees that work for you.
Interesting, if you’re a leader and have a team of volunteers that work for/with you.

Daniel Pink has published a couple of books (neither of which I have read): A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future is on my wish list. It has nothing to do with his talk here but, goodness, how eye-catching is that title! His other book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, I would imagine is an extension of the concepts in this talk.

Have you read that one?

Not the most sexy of topics, I’ll admit. But powerful, definitely. Check it out.

Here is the TED talks YouTube channel.
What TED talks have you caught lately? Anything shareable? Any favorites?

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