Drive breaks down the psychology behind motivation. There aren’t many straight-forward tips on how to build motivation, it mostly dissects how humans relate to it.
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• “One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
• “In a curious way, age is simpler than youth, for it has so many fewer options.” -Stanley Kunitz
• Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.
• The desire to do something because you find it deeply satisfying and personally challenging inspires the highest levels of creativity, whether it’s in arts, sciences, or business.
• Figure out for yourself what you want to be really good at, know that you’ll never really satisfy yourself that you’ve made it, and accept that that’s okay.
• Higher incentives led to worse performance.
• People can have two different mindsets, she says. Those with a “fixed mindset” believe that their talents and abilities are carved in stone. Those with a “growth mindset” believe that their talents and abilities can be developed. Fixed mindsets see every encounter as a test of their worthiness. Growth mindsets see the same encounters as opportunities to improve.
• 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.
• What you decide not to do is probably more important than what you decide to do.