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Book Freak #76: Daniel Pink’s Advice On How to Get Motivated

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Book Freak

December 14 · Issue #76 · View online

Short pieces of advice from books


This issue of Book Freak presents four pieces of advice from Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink

Let every encounter be an opportunity to improve
“People can have two different mindsets. Those with a ‘fixed mindse’ 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.” 
Spend time thinking about what not to do
“What you decide not to do is probably more important than what you decide to do.” 
Don’t link allowances to chores
“Here’s why an allowance is good for kids: Having a little of their own money, and deciding how to save or spend it, offers a measure of autonomy and teaches them to be responsible with cash. Here’s why household chores are good for kids: Chores show kids that families are built on mutual obligations and that family members need to help each other. Here’s why combining allowances with chores is not good for kids. By linking money to the completion of chores, parents turn an allowance into an ‘if-then’ reward. This sends kids a clear (and clearly wrongheaded) message: In the absence of a payment, no self-respecting child would willingly set the table, empty the garbage, or make her own bed. It converts a moral and familial obligation into just another commercial transaction—and teaches that the only reason to do a less-than-desirable task for your family is in exchange for payment.”  
Enjoy mundane tasks but trying to get better
“Sawyer Effect: A weird behavioral alchemy inspired by the scene in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in which Tom and friends whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence. This effect has two aspects. The negative: Rewards can turn play into work. The positive: Focusing on mastery can turn work into play.”
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