Quotes From the Book Drive by Daniel Pink


I did not write the first paragraph below but I wish I had because it has been my reality for my 24 years here at AAPN. I gave up income to leave bosses, rules, hours, cubicles, dress codes and boredom behind. In other words, I tried ‘normal’ and it wasn’t for me. Along the way, we all found one another and now this Connected Network will take us wherever else we want to go……….

Drive by Daniel Pink

“According to the author, if you pay someone enough to take the issue of money off of the table, the things that truly motivate them are Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose.  I add Connectedness to that list. Setting up a company and culture that allows people to do what they do best (Mastery), in the way that they think will bring about the best results (Autonomy) focused on something that is meaningful (Purpose) as part of group aligned in values (Connectedness) is what drives a great and powerful culture.”

“The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas. Some skeptics insist that innovation is expensive. In the long run, innovation is cheap. Mediocrity is expensive—and autonomy can be the antidote.”   ― Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” ― Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“As Carol Dweck says, “Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working toward them.”

“When the reward is the activity itself–deepening learning, delighting customers, doing one’s best–there are no shortcuts.”  ― Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“Living a satisfying life requires more than simply meeting the demands of those in control. Yet in our offices and our classrooms we have way too much compliance and way too little engagement. The former might get you through the day, but the latter will get you through the night.” ― Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“Being a professional,” Julius Erving once said, “is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”

“And the first step in bulldozing these obstacles is to enumerate them. As Peters puts it,

“What you decide not to do is probably more important than what you decide to do.”


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