Why do I write this blog? The truth behind my drive!
I liked the premise behind this book. Why do we do the things we do? What motivates us? Daniel H. Pink goes into a fair amount of detail on how life is changing for everyone and how what used to drive us is no longer true. Think about this: I write this blog and read a lot of these books because I want to and not because I get any financial reward (although I’d love to be a professional one day). My drive to write these reviews and read the books is self-driven. There are no external motivators.
I agreed with the subject and with what was being presented in the book Drive. Pink goes into quite a lot of detail about what the “old” way of doing things was. He gives examples to back his point and cites a few studies. I found his writing easy to read and understand. The book was clear about the direction it was heading. I read the book pretty quickly.
I thought there was quite a bit repetition about the “old” ways we used to motivate people and not enough about the “new” ways we should use to motivate people. I mean, that’s what people are probably buying the book for, learning how they can motivate their employees (or children). Obviously, there’s only so much that could be said in the book before it got repetitive over-the-top.
This book did get a four-star review, but I do also believe you can read a summary of the book and get the same amount out of it. So, if you want to support the author, then please do buy the book. Or, you can just find a summary somewhere online and just read that instead, and you’ll glean the same information that you’ll find in this book. In saying that, I learnt a couple of things from the book that I’m hoping to use one day.
January 1st 2011
An important new ideas book about motivation from an influential and bestselling author