The book DRIVE is all you need to understand what really motivates us. For depth research, this book also provides some books for further reading.
1 Finit and Infinite Game: A Vision of Life as Paly and Possibility By James P. Carse
Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.
2 Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else By Geoff Colvin
If you set a goal of becoming an expert in your business, you would immediately start doing all kinds of things you don’t do now.
3 Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to the limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.
4 Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation By Edward L. Deci with Richard Flaste
(The questions "How do I motivate people to do…") are wrong because they imply that motivation is something that gets doen to people rather than something that people do.
5 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success By Carol Dweck, [http://www.midsetonline.com/]
· A fixed mindset might hurt your resiliency
· Interpret challenges not as roadblocks, but as opportunities to stretch yourself
· Use the language of growth, like "I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn with time and effort."
6 Then We Came to the End By Joshua Ferris Novel
7 Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet By Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Wiliam Damon [http://www.goodwork.org/]
8 Outlier: The Story of Success By Malcolm Gladwell
It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine-to-five. It’s whether our work fulfills us.
9 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln By Doris Kearns Goodwin
· Lincoln was self-confident enough to surround himself with rivals who excelled in areas where he was weak
· He genuinely listened to other people’s points of view, which helped him form more complex opinions of his own.
· He gave credit where it was due and wasn’t afraid to take the blame
10 The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal By David Halberstam
11 Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes By Alfie Kohn, [http://www.alfiekohn.org]
Do rewards motivate people? Absolutely. They motivate people to get rewards.
12 Once a Runner By John L. Parker, Jr.
If he could conquer the weakness, the cowardice in himself, he could not worry about the rest; it would come.
13 The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles By Steven Pressfield
The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery.
14 Maverrick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace By Ricardo Semler
I want everyone at Semco to be self-sufficient. The company is organized not to depend too much on any individual, especially me.
15 The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization By Peter M. Senge
People with a high level of personal mastery are able to consistently realize the results that matter most deeply to them – in effect, they approach their life as an artist would approach a work of art. They do that by becoming committed to their own lifelong learning.
A pleasant reading experience. We can never imagine our world when everyone understands Motivation 3.0.
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