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What Motivates People?

By March 30, 2012January 15th, 2020Uncategorized

A few years ago I saw Daniel Pink speak on the topic of “What Motivates Us?” It was gripping. It confirmed what I’d felt before. Money only motivates to a point. What motivates beyond that is a sense of purpose.

My last blog was called “What a dead man can teach us about vision.” This little follow-up could be called “How to make your vision stick.” So how do you do it? You have to have a greater purpose beyond yourself or your company or even the money you will make. In other words, are you contributing to something greater than yourself? Well… are you? If so, what? How you answer that question will give you the fuel to fan the flame of your organization.

If you are selling health care, you are saving lives.
If you are selling microchips, you are powering things that matter.
If you are selling cars, you are helping people get to the places they love.
If you are a filmmaker, you are telling “the best” stories.
If you are selling girl scout cookies, you are providing others a bright spot in their day.

Get it? Read Daniel Pinks book A Whole New Mind for more learning on this subject.

If you are not leading an organization and are reading this, the question to ask yourself is similar: “Am I living for something that’s greater than I am?” If so, what is it?

OK–enough of me talking. Take 10 minutes and watch this video on the subject. You’ll be glad you did.