The puzzle of motivation | Dan Pink

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The puzzle of motivation | Dan Pink Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

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Video Summary:
Somewhere between watching a motivational video (very ineffective), or someone kicking your butt, lies the vast wasteland of hoped-for outcomes. Self-motivation is often a problematic victim of vague, wimpy goals; lack of sufficient visualization; or failing to reinforce the ratchets in your achievement.

If you’re constantly struggling to stay motivated, it may be that you have the wrong goals, or your life has the wrong purpose. If you’re trying to motivate yourself to accomplish things that don’t embrace your passion, you’ll never get far. If you’re passionless about where you’re headed, you need to pick a new direction. Examine your higher self and what your true, passionate life purpose really is.

Once your direction is aligned with your life purpose, visualize your vivid, specific, and ambitious goals for your life — the bigger the better. You need a detailed map before you can get anywhere. Picture your vision in your mind and on paper to make it more real.

Now build your vision deep into your daily life. Review it daily, post it prominently, journal about it, check in with a mentor daily — whatever it takes to keep you focused on your vision.


  1. Gaurav Gupta says:

    well said…. he doomed down all the current strategies followed by companies to let their employees work more economically….

  2. Water Mania says:

    Economists are fucking retarded

  3. Stephen Stewert says:

    Can someone write me a 500 word reaction to this video? I need it for my business class lol.  Ill subscribe to you

  4. Creative Leadership - Beyond Boundaries says:

    Dan hooks his audience in the first 15 seconds by arousing their curiosity (with his "I have a confession to make..")! Masterfully done! A great way to start his speech / presentation…

  5. Ming Hong says:

    This is why teachers don't get paid well, but they are just so good at their job

  6. zacozacoify says:

    Amazing talk

  7. Chaos Lumine says:

    There is never a mismatch between Science and anything. Ever. If it seems that way, its because the Science of the way things are is not clearly understood.If business are not perfectly scientific its because people are not perfectly scientific. Even faulty business practices have a Science to them. There is no "mismatch". 

    Also, the candle-stick problem isn't a "real problem".Humans are not supposed to know how to that kind of thing because there is hardly ever a need for it. The human mind just has no incentive to do it. It's not that people were too stupid to hang a box on a wall with thumb tacks, it was that they were given vauge instructions to do task to which they had no emotional attachment to and which they would gain no direct emotional gratification from. It was a pointless fucking task with vauge instructions. Not a real-world practical scenario.

  8. ProBenji says:

    Anyone who thinks this psychology or sociology is science is a fucking dumbbell. It’s an interesting topic, but not at all a science

  9. Liliana 2211 says:

    Grandioso! Grazie *?

  10. uk/amr.a says:

    Disappointing for Law students

  11. Milton Junior says:

    He’s right: motivation works better when it is intrinsic rather than extrinsic. Here in Brazil, We as teachers and professors struggle to bring this issue about at school meetings as responsibilities to arouse students’ motivation has long been transferred to us.

  12. HingleMcCringleBerry26 says:

    Definitely one of my favourite Ted talks

  13. Adrian Batson says:

    Is it me or does he look a little bit like Bob Saget?

  14. Juan Gonzalez, Ph.D. says:

    Extremely superficial. Almost laughable. Great style, but very weakly substantiated arguments – no wonder he graduated in the bottom 10% of his class in law school.

  15. Julian Rivas says:

    who else is here bc of college work?

  16. Samson says:

    Dan Tink, REPENT Jesus is coming soon.

  17. lioua lioua says:

    I think that it is a matter of FOCUS :
    The steak and carrot model drive our focus away from the task, while a creative work needs to be focused on, that's way spiritual learn how to do things for the sake of doing them, this is called (be present).

  18. Genaline Cabjie says:

    Hmmm, everyone must start solving their candle problem, develop a method on how to reach solutions and enhancing their ability to master the method of solving their respective candle problem….Thanks for the shared facts and for providing better insights on economics….

  19. Genaline Cabjie says:


  20. Afra Alrofai says:

    beautiful video I got much benefet …big thumbs up ?❤❤❤

  21. North Wave says:


  22. North Wave says:

    Leo, my passion is music. You can see my channel for example, yet I am in college, in my second year doing psychology and geography which I also have an interest in but I am more leaning towards the music however. I went to college because my music business has not took off the ground yet and I have heard it takes years to make it (I've been producing for about 2 years now) but anyways if I can't make money off my music I will have to attend college. I care for them too much to waste an entire year of college.

  23. North Wave says:

    Leo, I am not wasting my parents money they have spent on me for college. I am going to finish this degree, I care for them too much do leave college. Im in my second year of college out of three Leo. Thanks for this Leo.

  24. Yigit Gokmen says:

    I want to learn English and i'm listening to you every day leo thx 🙂

  25. pumpkin king says:

    you look like the 1930is devil

  26. Sha 'mazing says:

    This is true. That's why I'm working on a vision board for 2018. I had one made for 2016 and I started going to school bkuz of it. I got distracted but now I'm back on it. Great advice!

  27. Zheng Wang Ng says:

    Thank you leo for all the wisdom you shared 🙂

  28. Alex W says:

    Thanks for this video. Gaining momentum can be difficult at first but with some introspection and baby steps forward progress is inevitable.

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  31. Tony Fill says:

    You're videos has always been motivating and helpful. Thank You Leo

  32. Bailey King says:

    I believe my problem is I don't have a goal in life due growing up in a violent family, forced to do things I didn't want to, told what's worth it etc, treated like I was worthless etc so I've never had confidence in myself and I'm currently in year 11 confused what I will do, messed up ideology and feel no meaning in life, what should I do cause I have no vision and started to lose motivation all together..

  33. Awsomeapawsome says:

    work when you are tired rest when you are done

  34. Louis Almodovar says:

    love it

  35. Brugar18 says:

    my motivational peak. being motivated enough to force myself to get on with everyday shit in my life for short period of time

  36. Sofy Mohel says:

    life changing. Thank you very much for this vid you can't imagine how much it helped ?❤

  37. ghi6h66 bgyu5 says:

    What to do if you can't possibly conceive a way to make money off of your passion? 😛

  38. Ahmed Khan says:

    Thank you soooooo much for these videos..

  39. Alex Mathai says:

    Hi, I really like your videos. What you do is great and beneficial to me and many other people. Thanks so much

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