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RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (Youtube)

if you don't want to spend 11 minutes watching this, please just read my summary.

Short summary is that money is not a good motivation once a person is making enough money to live comfortably. After that, it's factors like autonomy, mastery, and purpose, if the work is more than just simple manual labor.

When people are given free time to autonomously create things, even if it's challenging for them, and if they have a sense of purpose while working, people tend to be more productive than if they were paid money to do so.

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Nina One
That is excellent. Motivation is so much more complex and nuanced than standard capitalist ideology would have us believe.
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Chickonthenet
Depends really, but I agree that the problem with free market capitalism is that it does not feel like it does anything. The reason why most dreamers often go left in politics is they seek meaning and their only means to do that is to share the inly thing they have which is money. They forget that others dont have (or strive for) money because they lose touch of their original dream of creating something that makes people happy. There is no word for the excitement which comes from creating something for others so we just throw money at it. We cannot give another person purpose, they must find their own. Giving them money will not help them find purpose, in fact it takes away the incentive to find it. When you need to eat you are driven, when someone gives you food human nature is to ask for more.
Nina One
You don’t seem to have watched the video.
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Philo 0316Author
That's a lot to unpack. Firstly, do you mean that leftists tend to be idealists, or maybe that idealists tend to be leftists? I think you might be right that there's an association between left wing and idealism, but probably but not as you much as you think. Secondly, I'm pretty sure right wing individual tends to be wealthier, at least in US. Not sure why you think leftists only have money to share? And perhaps you're right that we can't give someone a purpose, but it is possible to help people find it. I think we can agree here. And you're partially right that giving money doesn't help find a purpose, but having more free time does! There was an example there about a company giving a day to create whatever the employees wanted, and that worked really well! And this is, like you said, people finding their own purpose. There was also an example like Linux, which is a free program for anyone to use. But the thing is, people can only create things like Linux if they aren't starving. If they're going to make something that creates a lot of value, they need to have their needs met already. Giving more money to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs in his 60s (as in, already wealthy, not about being old) won't really motivate them to create new amazing things, but giving more money to them in their teens or tweens would, and a lot.
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Philo 0316Author
But don't take it from me, take it from the expert with good sources and animation I shared up there!
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JADED JOEY (🙊5)
Motivation is a complicated subject. It's what we call an old hat that you can't motivate with money when the most important needs are cared for. One important sentence I learned on one of too many empty phrase seminars is, "you can't motivate people, you can only demotivate them." I think that's the most important fact about motivation everybody dealing with employees should know.
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JADED JOEY (🙊5)
And here's some extra APs for making a summary. (hope, it motivates you 😊)
Philo 0316Author
It's really mostly to get people to become interested and watch the video. I still appreciate the AP for better spread though!
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