The Dan Pink video below, billed as the Dan Pink Surprising Science of Motivation, is from a TEDGlobal 2009 conference.
If you’ve been employer or employee, and well-dyed (!) in the stick-and-carrot styles of management, then what Dan has to say may make you feel uncomfortable.
That feeling suggests you’re closer than you think to (re)discovering which of your talents really fire your soul.
The challenge, of course, especially in a world where many are losing jobs and others are fearful of being next in line is to find and then keep doing work that both puts food on the table and feeds the desire to leave the world a better place than you found it.
I don’t profess to have all the answers to that time/space puzzle because there are billions of permutations, lifestyle choices and socioeconomic influences at work.
But my experience so far suggests that what (intrinsically) motivates me is to seek and enjoy opportunities that reinforce as well as I can the strength and abilities of others.
Your mileage may vary 😉